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
100.9
7,943,396,224
China
172.3
2,502,367,788
India
87.8
1,223,194,701
US
135.1
454,447,737
Brazil
143.2
306,519,588
Indonesia
84.3
232,869,968
Japan
156.2
196,915,615
Mexico
101.6
132,308,788
Russia
86.1
125,594,890
Pakistan
54.4
122,561,478
Germany
145.2
121,857,098
Turkey
141.2
120,114,498
Vietnam
121.0
118,768,386
UK
168.3
114,809,189
Iran
123.0
104,609,358
France
153.9
103,983,223
Italy
158.3
95,571,957
Bangladesh
56.4
93,786,813
Thailand
131.7
92,125,296
South Korea
165.2
84,760,570
Philippines
70.7
78,528,357
Spain
162.6
76,026,523
Argentina
148.6
67,781,433
Canada
158.8
60,438,189
Colombia
109.6
56,199,245
Malaysia
162.0
53,108,874
Morocco
130.5
48,719,196
Saudi Arabia
133.9
47,309,172
Poland
110.0
41,568,021
Peru
122.7
40,928,723
Chile
212.1
40,741,174
Australia
151.6
39,095,588
Egypt
35.4
36,906,765
Uzbekistan
98.4
33,407,074
Taiwan
128.5
30,648,405
Sri Lanka
138.0
29,664,809
Cambodia
168.7
28,581,422
Cuba
250.7
28,373,238
Myanmar
47.2
25,869,175
South Africa
42.1
25,274,889
Netherlands
142.6
24,487,879
Ukraine
55.9
24,288,230
Ecuador
134.7
24,088,225
Venezuela
80.7
23,156,914
United Arab Emirates
215.7
21,548,528
Nepal
57.9
17,196,377
Belgium
147.0
17,098,813
Kazakhstan
88.3
16,766,179
Portugal
160.4
16,308,391
Israel
174.0
16,165,200
Sweden
154.0
15,644,748
Romania
77.3
14,783,340
Greece
136.4
14,144,357
Dominican Republic
125.8
13,778,350
Austria
151.9
13,734,781
Hungary
141.1
13,598,032
Czech Republic
124.7
13,372,609
Algeria
27.0
12,032,500
Iraq
28.4
11,715,365
Switzerland
133.9
11,667,889
Azerbaijan
102.6
10,486,650
Tunisia
87.3
10,416,390
Singapore
184.9
10,083,329
Guatemala
54.3
9,909,441
Mozambique
30.2
9,706,476
Denmark
166.5
9,681,985
Nigeria
4.6
9,640,048
El Salvador
140.3
9,143,938
Angola
26.6
9,026,310
Rwanda
65.9
8,748,557
Norway
156.7
8,563,552
Ethiopia
7.2
8,478,852
Finland
149.8
8,313,949
Ireland
161.9
8,067,138
Bolivia
68.0
8,041,447
Honduras
78.7
7,916,340
Jordan
76.5
7,853,665
Serbia
114.2
7,844,822
Turkmenistan
123.9
7,580,976
New Zealand
145.7
7,462,890
Costa Rica
136.9
7,034,279
Kenya
12.7
6,959,988
Uruguay
194.6
6,781,687
Zimbabwe
43.5
6,568,694
Nicaragua
90.0
6,033,123
Belarus
63.3
5,975,709
Oman
113.6
5,934,585
Paraguay
82.0
5,921,882
Laos
79.0
5,830,021
Panama
128.1
5,613,973
Tajikistan
54.3
5,291,837
Afghanistan
12.8
5,116,767
Qatar
169.3
4,961,912
Slovakia
90.8
4,959,747
Uganda
10.1
4,751,422
Mongolia
132.5
4,409,756
Croatia
100.7
4,111,402
Ivory Coast
14.2
3,845,788
Lithuania
136.4
3,670,082
Lebanon
52.7
3,570,392
Ghana
11.0
3,493,688
Bulgaria
47.8
3,295,198
Palestinian Territories
57.9
3,024,477
Bahrain
166.4
2,908,925
Kuwait
61.6
2,668,082
Slovenia
128.0
2,660,915
Guinea
18.2
2,457,214
Libya
32.9
2,291,638
Latvia
117.0
2,183,900
Georgia
54.2
2,155,561
Albania
72.5
2,081,782
Kyrgyzstan
30.0
1,991,733
Senegal
11.1
1,908,088
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147.3
1,875,132
Mauritania
36.3
1,734,046
North Macedonia
80.5
1,675,793
Sudan
3.7
1,659,666
Moldova
40.1
1,614,235
Kosovo
90.6
1,614,212
Bosnia and Herzegovina
47.6
1,553,874
Togo
17.8
1,507,722
Estonia
111.5
1,478,044
Syria
7.7
1,414,665
Malawi
7.1
1,399,007
Botswana
56.4
1,352,557
Cyprus
144.9
1,298,388
Trinidad and Tobago
91.6
1,285,160
Fiji
134.4
1,213,236
Bhutan
147.9
1,153,283
Armenia
37.4
1,110,891
Jamaica
37.0
1,100,168
Timor-Leste
79.5
1,068,010
Zambia
5.6
1,062,540
Tanzania
1.6
1,001,610
Somalia
5.9
964,433
Niger
3.8
963,041
Malta
183.9
949,337
Cameroon
3.4
923,643
Luxembourg
138.3
877,632
Maldives
141.2
767,794
Yemen
2.5
759,220
Sierra Leone
9.1
744,826
Brunei
168.7
744,790
Mali
3.5
734,759
Guyana
85.3
674,075
Burkina Faso
3.1
661,796
Namibia
25.1
649,840
Iceland
185.6
637,380
Madagascar
2.2
625,884
Congo
11.1
625,579
Lesotho
28.6
617,671
Liberia
11.4
589,628
Cape Verde
96.1
539,908
Montenegro
84.1
528,111
Comoros
53.6
476,350
Suriname
80.3
475,442
Equatorial Guinea
30.7
444,989
Papua New Guinea
4.8
435,991
Central African Republic
8.6
422,496
Belize
99.7
403,528
Benin
3.1
383,501
Guinea-Bissau
18.1
365,089
Eswatini
25.0
293,353
Barbados
100.8
289,933
Gabon
12.2
277,979
Bahamas
69.2
274,502
Gambia
10.8
268,008
Chad
1.5
249,651
Samoa
111.7
223,504
South Sudan
1.9
218,154
Solomon Islands
27.5
193,817
DR Congo
0.2
186,749
Haiti
1.6
184,769
Jersey
181.1
183,066
Seychelles
180.1
178,093
Isle of Man
155.8
133,094
Vanuatu
41.2
129,582
Cayman Islands
182.1
121,080
Antigua and Barbuda
118.6
117,072
Tonga
109.4
116,753
Sao Tome and Principe
51.2
114,251
Andorra
135.1
104,534
Guernsey
164.3
104,131
Bermuda
163.2
101,341
Saint Lucia
54.6
100,621
Djibouti
9.9
99,679
Gibraltar
289.7
97,601
Faroe Islands
159.7
78,347
Greenland
136.6
77,655
Grenada
64.9
73,320
Kiribati
60.1
72,912
Turks and Caicos Islands
143.6
56,343
Dominica
76.4
55,134
St Vincent and the Grenadines
48.4
53,805
Saint Kitts and Nevis
96.0
51,414
Liechtenstein
131.9
50,469
Monaco
126.5
49,980
San Marino
140.6
47,811
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
0.012
1,438
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
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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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