‘An inactive week’ has been announced in Moscow as COVID-19 cases leap | Coronavirus News Plague
The mayor says the spread of coronavirus ‘disease has declined significantly’ in Russia’s capital.
The mayor of Moscow has declared a “non-working” week in Russia’s capital, where unnecessary workers have been told to stay home because cases of coronavirus went up for six months.
Sergei Sobyanin’s sentiment on Saturday changed the tone of Russian lawmaking, with President Vladimir Putin repeatedly insisting that the country had done more to end the epidemic than most.
“In the last week, the situation has worsened due to the spread of coronavirus,” Sobyanin said in a statement on the city’s daily enrollment of 6,701 people, the highest number since December last year. He also said that “thousands” of hospital beds have been rehabilitated in coronavirus patients.
“We can’t do anything like this,” he said. “In an effort to stem the spread of the disease and save lives, today I signed a statement setting off June 15-19.”
The law applies to all employees in Moscow, a city of 12 million people, except for essential workers. Unwanted workers are not forced to work from home during this time, but still maintain their pay.
Along with the weekend and public holidays on June 14, it means that most workers in Moscow will not return to their offices until June 20.
Sobyanin also announced the closure of food courts and playgrounds where restaurants, bars and clubs will be banned from sending customers between 23:00 and 06:00.
The mayor also asked his employers to transfer at least 30 percent of those who had not been vaccinated to work at home after one week’s incarceration.
Deputy Mayor of Moscow Anastasia Rakova said on Saturday that 78% of the 14,000 hospital beds for HIV patients in the city are currently occupied.
“In Moscow hospitals working with coronavirus patients there are currently 498 people on the respiratory tract, about 30% more than last week,” Rakova said.
He also said that in the past two months there has been an “increase” in young patients between the ages of 18 and 35.
Earlier this week, Sobyanin said Moscow would open several regional hospitals to reduce the number of patients.
Cases have been on the rise in the country in recent weeks as Russia strives to vaccinate its citizens despite widespread domestic vaccination.
About 12% of the country’s population is currently vaccinated, compared with 43% in the European Union and 51% in the United States, according to Our World in Data.
Bernard Smith of Al Jazeera, who is exhibiting from Moscow, said the high number of vaccines could be due to concerns about vaccinations among Russians.
“Between 60 and 70 percent of people here say they do not want to get vaccinated and it seems to be based on total skepticism about what the government is trying to do to them,” Smith said.
“And this is despite the fact that the Russian Sputnik vaccine is known around the world and has been very helpful,” he said, adding that the jab has proven to be almost universal. 92% effective.