Delta strain outbreak in Russia: Moscow breaks coronavirus record for daily infections

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A new outbreak of COVID-19 in Moscow yesterday broke the record for the entire pandemic. This was announced at a briefing by the local headquarters for the fight against coronavirus.


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Over the past day, only the official number of people infected with coronavirus in the capital of the Russian Federation has grown by 9,056 cases: this is the maximum since the beginning of the pandemic and 3,000 more than a day earlier.

The death rate from COVID-19 in Moscow is the highest since mid-January. The situation in St. Petersburg is no better.

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The Russian Ministry of Health says that in just a week, the incidence in the Russian Federation has increased by 30%. Mandatory vaccinations have begun in some regions there, although local President Vladimir Putin had previously promised that it would only be voluntary.

Local doctors associate the strongest outbreak with the rapid spread of the more infectious delta strain of coronavirus (Δ, aka B.1.617.2, formerly called “Indian”), as well as the fact that people ignore precautions and vaccinations. According to them, it has become more difficult to treat patients: previously developed methods of treatment (RBC) are of little help.

Chart: RBK

See also: The risk of hospitalization from the Δ-strain of coronavirus is almost three times higher than from the “first” mutant

Meanwhile, the percentage of vaccinated against COVID-19 in the Russian Federation is higher than in Ukraine. Experts predict that the Δ-variant will begin to creep across Ukraine long before the end of summer. Moreover, yesterday the Cabinet of Ministers lifted the ban on entry from India, which had been in effect since the end of April.

As for another neighbor of Ukraine, over the past day in Belarus, according to the local Ministry of Health, 873 new patients with COVID-19 have been registered. The Δ strain was first detected in Lithuania yesterday.

In health care they call: despite the reduced effectiveness of the current vaccines against mutant strains, you need to be vaccinated with any vaccine available and approved by the WHO (and not “wait for a pfizer”, which will not soon appear in the public domain in Ukraine). Later, experts say, it will be possible to enhance protection through an additional dose of this or another vaccine: research is currently underway on this topic.

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