Russia’s record as daily COVID deaths surpass 900 for the first time
The daily death toll from COVID-19 in Russia surpassed 900 for the first time on Wednesday.
It has recorded 929 deaths – a new record that comes amid the country’s low vaccination rate and the government’s reluctance to tighten restrictions.
The previous record of 895 deaths was recorded on Tuesday.
Health workers blamed the resurgence on the reluctance of young people to receive the vaccine.
“Young people don’t care much about their health because they think they are young, strong and healthy. So they don’t get vaccinated,” said Sergey Babikov, head of an intensive care unit in the southwestern region of Stavropol. .
“I did not get the vaccine. Like everyone else, I postponed it again and again. And then he [catching the virus] happened in a second, ”said one patient.
Russia, with a population of 146 million, currently has the highest number of deaths from the pandemic in Europe, with 210,000 people.
Oleg Kolpakov, head of a Stavropol city cemetery in Nevinnomyssk, said the number of burials was more than 50% higher than in the pre-pandemic times.
“Before, we buried 120 to 130 people per month. Now more than 200 are being buried. Young people, students, workers, strong men, and people who worked yesterday and who contracted the virus within a week or two. And then we meet them here with their relatives, ”Kolpakov said.
Authorities have said the vast majority of people hospitalized are not vaccinated, and President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly urged Russians to get vaccinated.
Russia was the first country to create a vaccine for the coronavirus, but recent independent polls have shown that many Russians are skeptical of vaccines made in Russia.
Critics have mainly blamed the low adoption on a botched vaccine rollout, mixed messages authorities have sent about the outbreak, and non-distribution of overseas-made vaccines.
Doctors have also suggested that the popularity of COVID-19 antibody tests in Russia is contributing to the low number of vaccinations.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova, who manages the national response to the coronavirus, has warned of a difficult time ahead.
“We have an increase in morbidity and I want to ask you to be careful,” Golikova said. She added that despite the new daily record of deaths from COVID-19, the Russian government was reluctant to introduce nationwide restrictions that could hurt the economy.
Restaurants, bars and nightclubs remain open, although some areas have said they will reimpose rules requiring people to show proof of vaccination.