The resurgence of Covid cases in the Russian capital has prompted leaders to ban any gathering of more than 1,000 people.
The city of Moscow on Friday announced the closure of its Euro football fan-zone and a ban on any entertainment event that brings together more than 1,000 people due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
Russia, its capital, is facing a new pandemic wave against the backdrop of a vaccination campaign that has been slipping, months of absence of restrictions, the rise of one or more viral variants and rules of distancing and wearing masks. Not obeying a mask.
“We are suspending mass entertainment events for the time being, and we should also close dance halls and fan-zones for the time being,” Mayor Sergei Sobyanin at the Luzhniki Olympic Complex said on his website.
Russia hosts a total of seven Euro football matches in the country’s second city, St Petersburg, where the pandemic has also spread. “I did not want to do this but I have to. To date, entertainment programs are limited to a maximum of 1,000 people, ”said Sobyanin.
Extension of closure of some public places
Moscow’s mayor has extended last weekend’s order to June 29 the closure of eating places in shopping malls, zoos as well as all public park facilities, such as playgrounds and sports equipment. Restaurants and bars will have to close from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am, as was already the case for a week. However, they decided to end the scheduled non-working period from June 15 to 20 to curb the pandemic.
Finally, he announced that the city would experiment in the coming weeks with setting up “Covid-free” restaurants with 100% staff to welcome people who are vaccinated or ‘A’, without restrictions or disturbances. will allow installations with Negative PCR test.
For almost a year, the state apparatus and the public media have been highlighting the skills of Sputnik V in good management of the health crisis and developed by Russia and available for more than six months.
But against the background of distrust of the population affected by Soviet and then Russian propaganda and budget cuts in the health sector, despite repeated appeals to the government, Vladimir Putin did not vaccinate Russians.
Since December, only 19 million Russians out of 146 million residents have received at least one dose, according to the census of the Gogov site, which collects data from regions and the media to make up for the lack of official national figures.
Russia, Europe’s most bereaved country
In Moscow, 1.8 million people have received at least one injection out of the 12 or 13 million residents that the city officially counts. Russia on Thursday became, with 127,992 deaths recorded by the government, ahead of the United Kingdom (127,926 deaths), the most bereaved European country since the start of the pandemic. The Russian statistics agency, Rosstat, which has a broad definition of Covid-related deaths, has counted at least 270,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.