04.12.2021

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News Oct. 9

Russia has confirmed 7,746,718 cases of coronavirus and 215,453 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is 660,000.

Oct. 9: What you need to know today

  • Russia reported 65,000 excess fatalities in August in a 45% jump on pre-pandemic mortality rates, official data published Friday showed. The country’s overall number of excess deaths since the start of the coronavirus stands at 660,000.
  • Russia on Saturday reported 29,2362 new coronavirus cases and a new record high of 968 daily deaths from Covid-19.

Oct. 8

— Russia on Friday reported 27,246 new coronavirus cases and a new record high of 936 daily deaths from Covid-19.

— Russia reported 65,000 excess fatalities in August in a 45% jump on pre-pandemic mortality rates, official data published Friday showed. The country’s overall number of excess deaths since the start of the coronavirus stands at 660,000.

— EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer said that the country “has repeatedly postponed” the timing of the inspection requested by the European Medicines Agency which has slowed down the approval process of the vaccine in the EU. The Russian Ministry of Health responded by saying that it presented the EU with all the necessary documents that the block requested.

Oct. 7

— A World Health Organization delegation will visit Russia this month as part of its approval procedure for Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, Russian Direct Investment Fund head Kirill Dmitriyev said Thursday.

— The problem behind WHO’s suspension of Sputnik V’s approval process has been resolved, said Mariangela Simao, WHO’s assistant director general for access to medicines, vaccines and pharmaceuticals.

— Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has announced that mass PCR testing will be introduced in Russia’s capital in 1-2 weeks.

— Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said the federal government recommends Russian regions introduce QR-codes for attending mass events, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Tuesday.

Oct. 6

— Russia reported 25,113 new coronavirus cases and a new record high of 929 deaths.

Oct. 5

— Russia reported 25,110 new coronavirus cases and 895 deaths.

Oct. 4

— Russia’s top cabinet official on Monday criticized the country’s stalling vaccination rates for failing to slow the spread of Covid-19 as Russians die in numbers not seen since the start of the pandemic.

Oct. 1

— Russia recorded its highest coronavirus death toll for a fourth day running of 887 deaths on Oct. 1.

Sept. 30

— Russia has completed Phase 3 trials of its Sputnik V vaccine, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko announced Thursday, over a year after Moscow touted the jab as the world’s first authorized coronavirus vaccine.

— Russian residents may soon be able to receive vaccines not recognized by the government, the Kommersant business daily reported, citing a Health Ministry proposal put up for public discussion.

Sept. 29

— President Vladimir Putin is no longer self-isolating, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Wednesday. Putin previously said that dozens of people in his entourage tested positive for the coronavirus before he went into self-isolation.

Sept. 28

— Two Russian regions, the Perm region and the republic of Udmurtia, will reimpose QR code requirements to enter public events, cinemas, theaters and cafes starting next week amid an upswing in Covid-19 cases and deaths.

— The United States is set to impose new travel rules that would ban entry to noncitizens who have not been vaccinated with an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine, a move that would shut out millions who have received Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, The Washington Post reported Monday.

Sept. 26

— Russian officials have increased warnings that the country faces a looming fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Anna Popova, the head of the Rospotrebnadzor health watchdog, which is leading the country’s response to the virus, said the growth in new infections was “intense” in 36 of Russia’s 85 regions. She also warned regional healthcare systems to be prepared for a possible influx in patients over the coming weeks.

Sept. 16

— Russian President Vladimir Putin said that dozens of people in his entourage tested positive for the coronavirus before he went into self-isolation earlier this week.

— A Russian pharmaceutical company has launched production of the British-Swedish AstraZenica vaccine. The doses will be intended for export only as Russia only uses domestically developed vaccines within its borders.

Sept. 15

— The World Health Organization (WHO) has suspended its approval process for Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, pending a fresh inspection of at least one Russian factory manufacturing the shot.

— Russia will resume flights with five more countries — Denmark, South Africa, Peru, New Zealand and Djibouti — starting Oct. 5, the national coronavirus taskforce said.

Sept. 14

— Russian President Vladimir Putin is going into self-isolation over coronavirus concerns in his inner circle, the Kremlin said.

Sept. 13

— Russia will resume regular air travel with Spain, Iraq, Kenya and Slovakia starting Sept. 21, the government announced.

— The first dose of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 78.6% effective against coronavirus infection, 87.6% effective against hospitalization and 84.8% effective at preventing coronavirus deaths, according to a large-scale study of Argentine vaccinations published in The Lancet. The study noted the results might not be applicable to new variants like the dominant Delta variant.

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