The Russian health authorities announced, today, that the Moscow region recorded 9,056 cases of Covid-19 virus during the past 24 hours, which is the largest number of infections in a single day since the beginning of the epidemic.
Faced with the alarming rise in the number of infections in the Russian capital, the city’s local authority has ordered the compulsory vaccination of at least 60% of service sector workers and tightened health measures.
On Thursday, 17,262 cases of coronavirus were recorded across the country and 450 more deaths from the disease, 78 of them in the Russian capital.
In addition to Moscow, three other regions of Russia have decreed the mandatory vaccination of certain sectors of society.
Moscow city social development advisor Anastasia Rakova said Thursday that the number of Muscovites who requested the vaccine had doubled by four.
Russian authorities, including President Vladimir Putin, have insisted on the voluntary nature of vaccination against COVID-19.
Russia has four vaccines against covid-19 produced in the country: Sputnik-V, EpiVacCorona, CoviVac (two doses) and also Sputnik Light (one dose), but the vaccination campaign progressed slowly, mainly due to the lack of acceptance of the population.
A survey published in May by the Levada Center showed that 62% of Russians were not ready to be vaccinated with Sputnik-V, the main compound used in the vaccination campaign and which, according to the manufacturers, has a 97% effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2.
According to official statistics, since the beginning of the epidemic, Russia has accumulated 5,281,309 cases of COVID-19 and regrets 128,445 deaths, and it is currently the sixth country in the world with the largest number of infections after the United States, India, Brazil, France and France. Turkey.
The COVID-19 pandemic has killed at least 3,824,885 people worldwide, resulting in more than 176.5 million cases, according to a balance by AFP.
In Portugal, 17,055 people have died out of 850,395 confirmed cases, according to the latest bulletin from the Directorate General of Health.
The disease is transmitted by the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which was discovered in late 2019 in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.