The Russian capital Moscow is tightening measures against the coronavirus for the first time since the summer, Reuters reports. A four-month ban on leaving their homes for people over the age of 60 who have not been vaccinated or have not had COVID-19 is introduced. At least 30% of the company’s staff must switch to telecommuting.
The new restrictions take effect on October 25. They are due to the drastic jump in new infections and the reluctance of people to be immunized against the virus.
According to the mayor of the Russian capital Sergei Sobyanin, people over the age of 60 in Russia represent 60% of all patients with coronavirus, 80% of those placed on artificial respiration and 86% of deaths.
Among the government’s proposals for controlling the pandemic is to declare the days from October 30 to November 7 non-working. Attendance at mass events and some public places will be possible only with a QR code for vaccination or COVID-19.
Russian regions must decide for themselves whether to introduce mandatory quarantine for the unvaccinated, or to offer additional days off as an incentive for immunization.
The number of deaths from coronavirus in the past 24 hours in Russia is 1,028 people against 1,015 for the previous year, bringing the total number of deaths since the beginning of the epidemic in the country to 226,353 people. This is a new record for deaths within 24 hours of the start of the epidemic in the country, according to data from the Russian operational headquarters for combating the infection. Conditional mortality (the final can be determined only after the end of the epidemic) has remained at 2.8 percent.
Russia ranks fifth in the world in the number of deaths during the pandemic after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico.