Covid: Moscow imposes new restrictions as infections soar

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The new surge in Covid cases is the worst to hit Moscow so far

Moscow's mayor has ordered unvaccinated people over 60 and those with chronic illnesses to stay at home, as Russia struggles with record Covid-19 deaths and infections.

Sergei Sobyanin said the restrictions would last four months, starting on Monday. Those affected will only be allowed to leave home to take exercise.

Officials blame the low vaccination rate and more infectious Delta variant.

Romania, Ukraine and Latvia also have record Covid cases now.

The Russian government has proposed a week-long workplace shutdown, from 30 October to 7 November, in the hope of curbing the new surge in infections. Many hospitals are now struggling to cope with the influx of Covid patients.

The official death toll from Covid on Tuesday was 1,015 - a new record. Saturday's toll went above 1,000 for the first time in Russia's pandemic. The number of new cases on Tuesday was 33,740.

In Russia, 35% of the population of more than 140 million people has had at least one jab against Covid - a lower rate than in most of Europe.

The authorities blame widespread suspicion of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine for the low rate, but there have also been production delays.

Businesses in Moscow will have to let at least 30% of their staff work from home during the four-month period of restrictions announced by Mayor Sobyanin.

On his blog, he wrote angrily that out of three million Muscovites aged 60 and above, just 1.14 million had been vaccinated: "As a result, today 60% of Covid patients in intensive care are over-60 Muscovites," he said.

Elsewhere in Europe:

  • Romania has reported its worst Covid death figures so far: 574 in a day. Just over one-third of adults in Romania have been fully vaccinated - well below the average rate in the EU
  • Latvia is introducing a strict lockdown lasting nearly a month, from this Thursday to 15 November, to tackle a Covid surge which has made its death rate among the highest in the EU. Its total of confirmed new cases last week was 49% higher than the week before
  • In Ukraine, the daily death toll rose to a record 538 on Tuesday, and daily new infections have gone above 16,000, stretching hospital emergency wards to breaking point.

Latvia's Baltic neighbours Estonia and Lithuania also have Covid infection rates among the highest in the EU.

More than 225,000 people have died from Covid in Russia, according to official figures - the highest toll in Europe.

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World
97.9
7,711,815,600
China
168.5
2,447,360,127
India
83.8
1,168,057,227
US
134.2
451,453,834
Brazil
139.2
297,960,460
Indonesia
80.9
223,638,627
Japan
155.5
196,026,726
Mexico
100.5
130,975,650
Pakistan
53.5
120,448,598
Russia
82.1
119,759,585
Turkey
140.3
119,327,719
Germany
140.1
117,572,238
UK
164.2
111,977,156
Vietnam
109.9
107,861,131
France
151.3
102,251,289
Iran
120.1
102,145,229
Italy
154.9
93,494,935
Thailand
126.3
88,330,952
Bangladesh
52.3
86,995,218
South Korea
161.9
83,047,286
Philippines
68.1
75,600,808
Spain
159.8
74,683,916
Argentina
144.5
65,879,184
Canada
157.5
59,967,851
Colombia
104.6
53,606,557
Malaysia
157.7
51,692,412
Morocco
130.0
48,561,070
Saudi Arabia
133.2
47,061,187
Poland
107.3
40,571,910
Chile
208.4
40,043,930
Peru
117.5
39,183,058
Australia
149.1
38,444,149
Egypt
33.4
34,871,428
Uzbekistan
91.0
30,889,942
Sri Lanka
137.8
29,615,961
Taiwan
121.5
28,986,957
Cambodia
167.7
28,414,237
Cuba
246.1
27,850,290
South Africa
41.0
24,646,053
Netherlands
142.0
24,382,465
Myanmar
44.3
24,253,764
Ecuador
133.4
23,857,066
Venezuela
80.7
23,156,914
Ukraine
52.2
22,669,435
United Arab Emirates
215.7
21,548,528
Belgium
146.4
17,024,078
Kazakhstan
87.2
16,570,835
Nepal
55.7
16,536,009
Portugal
160.4
16,308,391
Israel
173.1
16,078,500
Sweden
150.1
15,249,938
Romania
74.9
14,329,972
Dominican Republic
124.9
13,683,852
Greece
131.4
13,625,618
Hungary
137.3
13,230,807
Czech Republic
121.5
13,032,863
Austria
142.4
12,873,101
Switzerland
131.9
11,492,427
Algeria
25.5
11,376,816
Iraq
26.2
10,806,021
Azerbaijan
100.7
10,292,434
Singapore
184.9
10,083,329
Tunisia
84.0
10,027,032
Guatemala
52.1
9,511,940
Nigeria
4.4
9,253,702
El Salvador
138.5
9,025,531
Denmark
153.5
8,925,308
Mozambique
27.6
8,891,246
Finland
148.9
8,259,334
Angola
24.3
8,231,981
Rwanda
60.9
8,084,680
Bolivia
68.0
8,041,447
Norway
146.6
8,010,880
Honduras
78.7
7,916,340
Ireland
158.4
7,895,265
Jordan
75.5
7,755,890
Serbia
111.5
7,660,179
Turkmenistan
123.9
7,580,976
New Zealand
143.5
7,351,422
Costa Rica
133.8
6,878,077
Uruguay
192.8
6,719,942
Zimbabwe
42.5
6,419,704
Kenya
11.5
6,311,749
Paraguay
82.0
5,921,882
Oman
111.5
5,822,656
Belarus
60.2
5,685,092
Panama
126.8
5,557,642
Ethiopia
4.5
5,314,963
Tajikistan
51.9
5,059,324
Qatar
167.7
4,914,918
Slovakia
89.7
4,895,694
Uganda
10.1
4,751,422
Mongolia
132.3
4,406,086
Laos
59.7
4,402,770
Afghanistan
10.1
4,018,197
Croatia
97.6
3,982,079
Ivory Coast
14.2
3,845,788
Lithuania
133.0
3,576,720
Lebanon
51.8
3,506,797
Ghana
10.6
3,367,531
Bulgaria
46.2
3,186,030
Palestinian Territories
56.4
2,944,638
Bahrain
163.5
2,858,015
Kuwait
61.6
2,668,082
Guinea
17.5
2,364,291
Slovenia
113.5
2,359,521
Libya
31.3
2,178,584
Latvia
114.3
2,134,342
Georgia
52.7
2,097,159
Albania
70.8
2,033,766
Senegal
11.4
1,961,144
Kyrgyzstan
29.1
1,929,351
Mauritius
140.7
1,792,254
Mauritania
35.9
1,715,120
Nicaragua
25.0
1,674,896
North Macedonia
80.0
1,666,261
Sudan
3.7
1,659,666
Kosovo
90.1
1,604,907
Moldova
39.5
1,590,771
Bosnia and Herzegovina
47.6
1,553,874
Estonia
110.8
1,468,390
Togo
17.1
1,453,570
Malawi
6.9
1,351,108
Syria
7.3
1,342,360
Trinidad and Tobago
90.7
1,272,671
Cyprus
140.3
1,257,376
Botswana
52.3
1,254,239
Fiji
133.9
1,208,816
Bhutan
147.2
1,148,146
Jamaica
36.2
1,075,404
Zambia
5.4
1,024,730
Timor-Leste
75.7
1,017,255
Tanzania
1.6
1,001,610
Somalia
5.9
964,433
Niger
3.8
963,041
Malta
179.6
927,127
Armenia
31.1
923,530
Luxembourg
135.4
859,517
Maldives
140.4
763,252
Yemen
2.5
754,397
Sierra Leone
9.1
744,826
Brunei
164.6
726,907
Guyana
83.8
662,180
Burkina Faso
3.1
661,796
Namibia
24.4
630,212
Iceland
177.1
608,236
Cameroon
2.2
607,270
Madagascar
2.1
606,819
Mali
2.9
596,435
Congo
10.5
591,722
Liberia
11.4
589,628
Cape Verde
93.8
526,891
Montenegro
82.9
520,761
Comoros
53.6
476,350
Suriname
79.5
470,244
Equatorial Guinea
30.5
442,855
Central African Republic
8.6
422,372
Belize
98.3
398,131
Lesotho
17.8
383,341
Benin
2.8
347,270
Papua New Guinea
3.7
337,131
Guinea-Bissau
16.5
332,497
Eswatini
25.0
293,353
Barbados
99.7
286,818
Bahamas
69.2
274,502
Gambia
10.8
267,644
Gabon
11.3
256,974
Chad
1.4
242,251
Samoa
111.7
223,504
Jersey
177.6
179,485
Seychelles
177.3
175,390
Solomon Islands
24.4
171,562
DR Congo
0.2
166,388
Haiti
1.4
158,479
South Sudan
1.3
151,245
Isle of Man
155.7
132,969
Vanuatu
39.1
122,867
Cayman Islands
179.6
119,435
Antigua and Barbuda
117.0
115,487
Sao Tome and Principe
49.1
109,686
Andorra
135.1
104,534
Guernsey
164.2
104,070
Tonga
96.1
102,568
Bermuda
163.2
101,341
Saint Lucia
53.8
99,119
Djibouti
9.6
96,168
Gibraltar
285.0
96,021
Faroe Islands
159.7
78,347
Greenland
136.1
77,383
Kiribati
60.1
72,912
Grenada
64.0
72,282
Turks and Caicos Islands
143.6
56,343
Dominica
76.4
55,134
Saint Kitts and Nevis
96.0
51,414
St Vincent and the Grenadines
46.1
51,288
Monaco
126.5
49,980
Liechtenstein
129.9
49,673
San Marino
140.0
47,619
British Virgin Islands
113.8
34,608
Cook Islands
138.4
24,326
Anguilla
126.1
19,066
Nauru
136.7
14,863
Tuvalu
101.6
12,114
Saint Helena
129.5
7,892
Falkland Islands
124.9
4,407
Montserrat
59.2
2,949
Niue
145.7
2,352
Tokelau
141.5
1,936
Burundi
0.010
1,266
Pitcairn
200.0
94
British Indian Ocean Territory
0
0
Eritrea
0
0
North Korea
0
0
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
0
0
Vatican
0
0

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Russia has not been slow in developing vaccines. Its Sputnik V was rolled out quickly last year and it has approved three others. But it appears to have failed to convince many at home they are either necessary or reliable.

It has had more success selling Sputnik V around the world. But although the vaccine was made available for other countries quickly, it also ran into delivery issues, with some nations unable to get their doses on time. It has yet to be approved by the World Health Organization.

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