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Date: 30 September 2021
Russia Endures Fourth Wave of Coronavirus Pandemic
Russia is seeing a devastating health situation as one in two regions is grappling with a spike in new coronavirus cases. In the last days of September, Russia reported its highest coronavirus death toll. Undoubtedly, Russia is battered with a long-awaited fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
The situation resembles the highest death tally the country saw back in August 2021. Russia’s thirty-six regions, or almost half of all entities, reported an increase of 6–7 percent of new cases. In late September, Russia entered the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. On September 27, the government coronavirus task force said the number of infected was more than 22,000 for the third day in a row. Russia reported 867 deaths from Covid-19 on September 30, another new record amid a spike in infections. The total number of confirmed cases of the disease in the country was around 7.5 million. The new figure brings the country’s total deaths from the coronavirus to more than 207,000 people. According to Russian state authorities, infections spike is driven by the contagious Delta variant and slow vaccination rates. Almost 40 million people in Russia have been administered two doses against Covid-19. Just under 29 percent of the population had been fully vaccinated, which is below the worldwide average figure. The Russian health ministry gave its green light to start clinical trials for a new vaccine called Betuvax-CoV-2. Sputnik Vi is now most often used to inoculate people while there are two other domestic vaccines. Russia does not use Western-made vaccines to inoculate its population. Unofficially, the Russian government is considering allowing foreign vaccines to enter the domestic market.
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