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Russia’s new COVID-19 infection, deaths near all-time highs.

MOSCOW (AP) – Daily corona virus infections and deaths in Russia hit all-time highs on Monday amid slow rates of vaccination and reluctance to tighten Kremlin sanctions.

Russia’s state Corona virus task force reported 29,409 newly confirmed cases – the highest number this year and slightly lower than the epidemic record reached in December.

Russia reported 957 new deaths on Monday, after recording the highest number of daily deaths since the onset of the epidemic at 968 over the weekend.

Russia already has the highest death toll in Europe – more than 217,000, according to the government task force. The State Statistics Agency, which uses a different method of counting, including when the virus was not considered the leading cause of death, reported approximately 18,418,000 deaths in Cove 19.

Infections and deaths began to rise sharply last month when the government attributed it to a slow rate of vaccination. Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said Friday that 47.8 million Russians, or about 33 percent of its 146 million people, have received at least one shot of the coronavirus vaccine, and 42.4 million, or about 29 percent, have completed it. The vaccine has been given.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed concern about the rise in infections and deaths, noting that hospitals in some areas were close to capacity.

“We have a very low, incredibly low level of vaccination,” Peskov said in a conference call with reporters. “That’s why we have so many deaths. We’re using every opportunity to make a simple call to all citizens – go ahead and take a shot.”

Condemning Russia’s slow pace of vaccination, Peskov rejected the idea of ​​imposing fines on those who fail to obtain the vaccine, stressing that it is up to regional authorities to impose restrictions on the local corona virus. Tighten or not.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has been vaccinated with a locally-made Sputnik V vaccine and spent two weeks isolating himself last month after testing positive for Covid 19 by some of his close associates.

Putin later praised Sputnik V’s performance, saying he had not been infected with the virus, although he had worked closely with an infected assistant all day.

Putin had occasional coughs while talking to top officials on Monday. The 69-year-old Russian leader said he was feeling well after a biased speaker of the upper house of parliament inquired about his condition during a subsequent video call.

“Don’t worry, everything is fine,” Putin said. “I get practical tests on a daily basis and not only for COVID-19 but also for other infections. It was just cold outside and I became a little more active, nothing terrible.

Some Russian regions have limited attendance at major public events and limited access to theaters, restaurants and other places for those who have been vaccinated, have recently recovered from Kovid 19 or have had a negative test in the last 72 hours. Is.

However, life is largely normal in Moscow, St. Petersburg and many other Russian cities, where businesses are running normally and the mask mandate has been relaxed. On Monday, authorities in Moscow announced the extension of free corona virus tests in shopping malls, saying it should help prevent infectious disease.

In all, Russia’s Corona Virus Task Force has registered more than 7.8 million confirmed cases and 217,372 deaths. However, reports from Russia’s state statistics service, Rosstat, indicate that the number of deaths from the corona virus has risen sharply in the past.

Corona virus mortality figures show that more than 254,000 people with Covid 19 died in the first eight months of this year, compared to 163,000 in 2020, Rose State said Friday. More deaths than

Unlike the Corona Virus Task Force, which only counts deaths where COVID-19 was the primary cause, Rosestat also lengthens those who had COVID-19 but died of other causes, and whose The virus was suspected but not confirmed.

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