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“We observed in the last two weeks a growth in the number of new cases of coronavirus. It is important growth. “With these words, Tatyana Golíkova, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Government in charge of Health, certified last Friday what was already an open secret between the authorities and the media: Russia faces a second wave of infections of covid-19 and its epdemiological numbers begin to resemble those registered last spring.

In the last 24 hours, according to data provided by the Information Office of the epidemic, a total of 10,888 new positives, which brings the official number of infected since the beginning of the pandemic to 1.22 million. Regarding daily deaths, the latest available data amounts to 117. Once the cases of the last two weeks have been counted, the incidence of disease in the country it is again very high: 814,1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with six of the 85 subjects that make up the Russian Federation, including the capital, far surpassing the 2,000 cases.

These epidemiological numbers are the highest registered in the country since mid-May, and have pushed the authorities to consider again the introduction of restrictive measures, as reported by the newspaper Védomosti y Valeri Ryazanski, Senator and Vice President of the Commission for Social Policies of the Russian Upper Chamber. Despite everything, the person in charge Golíkova wanted to send a message of calm to the population: “the situation is different from March / April; the doctors are ready, the hospital beds are ready, we have enough protection measures Y medicines”.

First wave of the pandemic

As happened during the first wave of the pandemic, Moscow is being the worst hit town, with more than 3,300 new cases recorded in the last day. Thus the things, the mayor’s office, headed by Sergei Sobyanin, has ordered an unexpected two-week school vacation, while considering the possibility of institutionalizing the long distance education depending on how things evolved.

It has also asked companies to maintain a third of the staff working from a distance at home to reduce the risk of contagion, while announcing the reopening of two temporary hospitals to accommodate covid-19 patients, one in the convention center Sokolniki and on the ice rink of Krilátskoye. People over 65 and those with chronic illnesses are advised to stay home. “I ask everyone to follow the rules“, Sobyanin urged, in statements collected by Interfax.

Already during the spring, the capital councilor was distinguished by its clarity when it came to exposing, without hot cloths, the epidemic reality in the city and taking for granted that the reality far exceeded the official statistics. He federal government and the KremlinInstead, they did their best to minimize the emergency: they avoided talking about quarantines and they insisted on the message of what everything was under control and that the country weathered the situation much more effectively than most Western countries.

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