October 5. Russia is once again grappling with a surge in coronavirus cases. The rate of new daily infections is currently three times higher than what the country was seeing a year ago, despite vaccines now being widely available in the country.
On Tuesday, Russia reported 895 fatalities and 25,110 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of officially reported cases since the start of the pandemic to more than 7.6 million.
More than 200,000 people are currently hospitalized in Russia with COVID-19, and almost a million more are under medical watch with possible cases. Officials are worried that things are only set to get worse.
As during the previous waves, Russia’s big cities are being hit hardest. But a spike in cases has been recorded all over the country, with infection rates climbing steadily in 67 of Russia’s 85 regions.
But even with clinics across the country offering Sputnik V doses to anyone willing to have them, vaccine uptake has lagged in Russia, thanks largely to poor communication from authorities and mistrust among Russians who believe the shot was approved too quickly.
Source: CBS News