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 Lockdown: lucky you don’t live in Russia and over 60!

20.10.21.  The Moscow city government has ordered people aged 60 and over to stay home for four months and told businesses to have at least 30 per cent of staff work from home amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths in Russia. The new rules take effect from October 25, it said in a statement. Russia on Tuesday (local time) reported 1,015 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest single-day toll since the start of the pandemic, as well as 33,740 new infections in the past 24 hours. The Kremlin has ruled out a new nationwide lockdown like the one early on in the pandemic that dealt a heavy blow to the economy and sapped President Vladimir Putin’s popularity. Covid deaths in Russia as of 20/10/21 are 220,323. Australia: 1,558.

Source: ABC

Russia orders new lockdowns in Moscow as COVID deaths continue to climb

The daily coronavirus mortality numbers have been surging for weeks and topped 1,000 for the first time over the weekend amid sluggish vaccination rates, lax public attitude toward taking precautions and the government’s reluctance to toughen restrictions.
Russia boasted about becoming the first country in the world to authorise a coronavirus vaccine in August 2020 — even though it was only tested on a small scale — and proudly named the shot Sputnik V after the world’s first satellite, to underline the country’s scientific achievements.
While extolling Sputnik and three other domestic vaccines developed later, Russia’s state-controlled media chafed at the perceived flaws of Western-made shots, a controversial message that many observers saw as feeding public doubts about vaccines.
Vaccination rates remain low
Amid widespread vaccine hesitancy, authorities have raised pressure on medical workers, teachers and public servants to get the shots, but the uptake has remained sluggish.
The government coronavirus task force said Monday that about 45 million Russians, or 32 per cent of the country’s nearly 146 million people, are fully vaccinated.
Mr Putin has underlined the importance of broad vaccination, but emphasised that it should remain voluntary.
Authorities have opened vaccination locations in shopping malls and other facilities outside clinics and tried to encourage people to get the shots with lotteries, bonuses and other incentives, but all those efforts have failed to considerably accelerate the efforts.
Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted while the government has done everything to make vaccines easily available it should have been more proactive in its efforts to encourage vaccination.
“Obviously, more should have been done to explain the lack of alternative to vaccination,” Mr Peskov said.
Asked if the government could authorise imports of foreign vaccines to help boost uptake, Mr Peskov said that vaccine skepticism isn’t limited to domestic shots.
He also emphasised that the issue should be solved on an equal basis. Russia-EU talks on mutual recognition of coronavirus vaccines have dragged on without an end in sight.
While resisting a nationwide lockdown, the Kremlin empowered authorities across the country’s 11 time zones to decide on restrictions depending on the local situation.
Many of Russia’s 85 regions already have restricted attendance at large public events and limited access to theaters, restaurants and other venues.
Some have made vaccination compulsory for certain categories of public servants and people older than 60.
Russian case numbers a threat to Europe
St Petersburg joined other Russian cities on Monday in ordering digital codes to prove vaccination or recovery from infection for access to conferences and sports events beginning November 1.
Starting on November 15, those codes will also be required at movies, theatres, museums and gyms, and on December 1 they become mandatory at restaurants, cafes and some stores.
The city has reported the nation’s second-largest number of new infections after Moscow.
The government task force has registered a total of more than 8 million infections and its official COVID-19 toll ranks Russia as having the fifth-most pandemic deaths in the world following the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico.
However, state statistics agency Rosstat, which also counts deaths in which the virus wasn’t considered the main cause, has reported a much higher pandemic death toll — about 418,000 people with COVID-19 as of August.
Based on that number, Russia would be the fourth hardest-hit nation, ahead of Mexico.
Martin McKee, a professor of European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said the COVID-19 situation in Russia was extremely worrying, not only for Russia but for the rest of the world.
He said even high rates of vaccination elsewhere in Europe wouldn’t be able to prevent the virus from being reimported from Russia, particularly if any worrisome new variants emerge.
“Until we have control of the virus everywhere, there’s a risk of importation and the pandemic will not be under control,” he said, describing the spread of the virus in Russia and the Baltic states as a threat to Europe.

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  • Thunder 20/10/2021, 5:58 am

    Interesting that the COMMUNIST run Victoriastan has such High Death Tolls ??

    • luk1955 20/10/2021, 9:46 am

      High death rates are due to lockdowns killing body immunity and lowering resistance to germs and other living organisms that continually invade the body. The lockdowns keep people from communication with each other and keep the people apart. All of which after 2/3 of a year in lockdown is causing other problems that contribute to the now high conjob “death” toll. The longer the lockdown continues the higher the death toll.

  • Disgruntled 20/10/2021, 6:21 am

    Hey, just heard on 4bc that Qld. gubmint is trying to outdo Stalin or Hitler! Seems as if the Mayor at Barcaldine is in strife for queryieing the covid jab organising in his shire and the OIA in now onto him big time (these Labor A-holes think they can push anyone around for anything; Shades of Vicstan!)

    Neil Breen will be interviewing the Mayor after the 7:00 news so get with it, go to 4bc and find out what is going down!

    • Pensioner Pete 20/10/2021, 7:36 am

      Suddenly, Barcaldine is in the sights of the Puzzleduck, the Mayor of Barcaldine, is subject to the Local Government Act and all it’s nuances which is being used against this Mayor to silence his legitimate concerns at the ongoing failures of Queensland Health and the Queensland Labor Government.

      Interesting in that Puzzleduck can rise up in outrage over this Mayor’s complaints, yet any other time the Puzzleduck ignores any and all communities west of the Great Dividing Range, and the irony of it all is the fact, the Labor Party was ‘born’ in Barcaldine under the Tree of Knowledge way back in 1893 as a result of the Shearers Strike.

      • John 20/10/2021, 8:27 am

        There is no connection whatsoever between what claims to be the ALP these days and what was born under the “Tree of Knowledge”. In fact I would suggest those Shearers etc would cheerfully belt the living bejeesus out of the spivs, schysters and charlatans that have crawled under the ALP rock since the 60,s.

  • BigToeHurts 20/10/2021, 7:05 am

    Would have thought Jonestown would be forefront in peoples minds during this “pandemic”. Do as you are told, just take the Kool Aid.

  • Disgruntled 20/10/2021, 8:33 am

    Heard the interview; Firstly the OIA was set up for who knows what for; It is a very powerful body and it it only answerable to the Minister for Local Govt; the proven clown, Giggles Miles My first thought was that the Barky Mayor wasn’t sucking Miles’
    “you know what” vigorously enough; Not so though as the Mayor stated that it wasn’t political (he was being super cautious though) and he did need to say that to try to keep getting Govt support for his region!
    In our horrible controlled nanny state all the Mayors have to be nice to the Govt of the day to even think of getting a fair deal! Real big, big brother stuff!

    The oia was set up only 3 or 4 years ago and what has it done??

    Any body missing the interview can find it now on 4bc site; The interview is no where as interesting as Neil Breens comments though; Breen is worth his weight in gold; I wonder how long it will be before he gets jumped on and shat on; Surely Qld Labor will not like the truth that he always tells in his morning show. Another good show for us Qlders is the Scott Emerson Drive Show in afternoons; He always calls a spade a spade;
    It’s 8:23 and Breenie is still giving it to em and taking calls.

    Grrrrrrrrr,,,, on 4bc, soon we will have that self centered mouthy dill Hadley coming on. After that there is a fairly new afternoon show with Brisbane girl Sofie Formica, so far she is doing a good job and she just doesn’t look too bad too! Gives us all a chance to settle a bit between the blokes!

  • Botswana O'Hooligan 20/10/2021, 9:52 am

    The figures are probably inflated to suit as they are everywhere else but the Govt. is considering on extending the two day holiday for the October Revolution into a two week one. Socialism traces still lurk over there.

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