The Russian authority reported a record of 1,000 COVID-related fatal cases for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.
1,002 deaths and 33,208 new infections were reported on Saturday; it’s high figures for both deaths and cases for the third day in a row. The Russian death toll in the pandemic reached 222,315 — the highest rate in Europe.
It’s been reported that the pace of vaccination remains low as only 30% of the Russians have been fully inculcated. However, Russia became one of the first countries in the world who quikcly rolled out its vaccine Sputnik V.
Russia doesn’t impose widespread strict restrictions and lockdowns. Russian people were advised to wear masks and get vaccinations without government forcing. Some local authorities, including Moscow, reestablished a QR-code system to access public events and places.
The authorities repeatedly said that new strict COVID-19 measures might plunge the economy into crisis.
The Russian President Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "In a situation where infections are growing, it is necessary to continue to explain to people that they must get vaccinated.”
On Wednesday the Russian Federation and the European Union held negotiations concerning the possibility of mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccine certificates.
Earlier, WHO had almost finished the approval process on Russian vaccine Sputnik V, however, the official confirmation had been delayed due to legal procedure errors.