Covid, record of infections in Russia with over 11,500 cases but the Kremlin: “Citizens can take measures on their own”

As happened in other countries in the weeks preceding the Russia records a record of infections related to Covid. Yesterday 11,515 cases were recorded for a total of 18,565,551, according to the country’s coronavirus center and as reported by the Tass agency. In practice, it is about a doubling of infections compared to last week and, in absolute terms, the largest increase since 13 April. The death toll rose by 41 percent (there were 19 victims yesterday) to a total of 382,313 deaths. 1,491 people were hospitalized, 8.4% less than the previous day. The number of patients fell in 40 regions while it increased in another 31. In Moscow, the infections yesterday amounted to 4,477 against 3,673 the day before, for a total of 2,811,574. The number of healed in the country was 1,151 against 946 on Tuesday, bringing the total to 17,958,463.

“The numbers are really growing, we see that the curve has risen, this is not only happening in our country, but in a number of countries this trend is alarming” said the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, quoted by the Interfax agency. Also according to Interfax, when asked if the Russian authorities intend introducing the obligation of masks, Peskov replied that “nobody prevents“Citizens” to take precautionary measures by themselves, masks and all the rest “. Peskov then said that precautionary measures are not suggested by the Kremlin but by the government and the federal agency for health checks (Rospotrebnadzor).

Asked whether the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, received the Peskov vaccine booster, he replied: “I don’t know, I can’t answer this question precisely.” Putin took the third dose of Sputnik light in November 2021, after receiving the first two doses in the previous spring. Peskov then underlined that the incidence of coronavirus is increasing in Russia as in other countries of the world “The figures are growing – said the Kremlin spokesman – We see that the curve begins to rise. These alarming dynamics are observed not only in our country but also in many other states“.

Worldwide, from 18 to 24 July 2022, 6.6 million new cases of Covid-19 were reported, a similar number to the previous week. How similar was the number of new deaths per week, over 12,600 deaths according to the latest update from the World Health Organization, which confirms the Omicron variant in 90% of the sequenced samples and, among these, the Omicron BA.5 sub-variant represents over 52%. From the start of the pandemic to July 24, over 567 million cases and over 6.3 million deaths have been confirmed globally. The number of new cases per week has increased in the region of Western Pacific (+ 52%), del Eastern Mediterranean (+ 45%) and del Southeast Asia (+ 13%), while it decreased in Africa (-44%), Europe (-24%) e Americas (-12%).

The number of weekly deaths increased especially in the eastern Mediterranean (+ 88%), while they fell in Europe (-6%). Nationwide, the highest number of new weekly cases was in Japan (969,068; + 73%), Use (860,097; -3%), Germany (565,518; -16%) and Italy (531,327i; -26%). The highest number of new weekly deaths were reported by Use (2,637; + 3%), Brazil (1,396; -20%) e Italy (952; + 21%) e Spain (810; + 33%). However, these trends, WHO specifies, “should be interpreted with caution”, since “several countries have changed their testing strategies, resulting in a reduction in the number of tests and cases detected”. From 21 June to 21 July 2022, 193,561 Sars-Cov-2 sequences were collected. Of these, 90% were represented by Omicron. From 10 to 16 July, compared to the previous week, the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 continued to be dominant, with 11% and 52% respectively.

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