MOSCOW: Russia’s capital Moscow on Saturday reported a pandemic high for new coronavirus cases for the second straight day, as town’s hospitals have been flooded with new sufferers because of the Delta variant.
The metropolis registered 9,120 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours, based on authorities figures, a second consecutive high topping the earlier day’s complete of 9,056 cases.
Those figures have ballooned from simply 3,000 every day simply two weeks in the past, with Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin saying the extremely infectious Delta variant first recognized in India represented almost 90 p.c of recent cases.
The new wave of infections got here as Russia’s second metropolis of Saint Petersburg, the nation’s worst Covid hotspot after Moscow, is slated to host seven Euro 2020 matches — together with a quarter-final on July 2 — anticipated to attract hundreds of European soccer followers.
Officials are actually scurrying to reintroduce pandemic restrictions and roll out new beds devoted to coronavirus sufferers.
On Monday, Saint Petersburg introduced a tightening of restrictions together with no meals gross sales in its Euro 2020 fan zones.
Measures have been extra drastic in Moscow, the place Sobyanin on Friday shuttered town’s fan zone, banned gatherings of greater than 1,000, suspended all mass leisure occasions and closed dance halls.
The Russian strikes come simply over a month earlier than the Tokyo Olympics.
The Japanese capital’s governor mentioned Saturday town will cancel all public viewing occasions.
Rather than arrange six deliberate viewing websites, “we’ll make better use of the net to create thrilling atmospheres for the Games,” Yuriko Koike mentioned.
– ‘Eating up’ beds –
Moscow mayor Sobyanin has mentioned the newest measures are crucial as a result of the capital’s hospitals have been inundated with Covid sufferers inside days.
On Thursday, he mentioned that in simply 5 days 13,000 free hospital beds had been “eaten up” and that town has since expanded to 17,000 beds.
One of his deputies, Anastasia Rakova, mentioned in a press release Saturday that Moscow would add one other 7,000 beds over the subsequent two weeks, bringing the whole to 24,000.
Fear of the speedy unfold of the Delta variant prompted the airport within the southern Chinese metropolis Shenzhen to cancel a whole lot of flights and tighten entry controls Saturday, after a single restaurant worker examined optimistic.
Anyone coming into the power should present a damaging virus take a look at from the final 48 hours, Shenzhen Airport Group mentioned in a press release on its official WeChat social media account.
In Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni introduced new restrictions, together with suspension of inland journey and an prolonged in a single day curfew, as “the hospitals are full”.
“The speedy surge within the depth of the pandemic seems unprecedented, however nonetheless manageable” with curbs just like these employed at the starting of the outbreak, Museveni added.
– Mandatory jabs –
In Russia, Moscow mayor Sobyanin prolonged closures introduced final weekend of meals halls in public areas like malls, in addition to in a single day shuttering of bars and eating places.
The metropolis has additionally ordered obligatory vaccination for residents working within the service trade, saying some 60 p.c must be totally inoculated by August 15.
Although free jabs have been obtainable to Russians since December, simply 19.5 million out of a inhabitants of some 146 million have obtained at the very least one dose of a vaccine, based on the Gogov web site which tallies Covid figures from the areas and the media.
In Moscow, only one.5 million of the capital’s roughly 12 million individuals have been totally vaccinated.
A latest impartial survey discovered that 60 p.c of Russians don’t intend to be vaccinated.
Russia is among the many nations hardest hit by the pandemic, with the sixth-highest variety of cases on this planet, based on an AFP tally primarily based on official figures.
It overtook Britain on Thursday because the European nation to endure essentially the most Covid deaths, reaching 128,911 by Saturday — though Kremlin critics argue the true determine is much greater as a consequence of undercounting by authorities.