[Moscow 28th Reuters]–On the 28th, the Russian capital, Moscow, introduced a severe lockdown (city blockade) for the first time in about a year as a countermeasure against the pandemic of the new coronavirus. In Russia, the number of deaths and the number of infected people per day due to the new corona infection are the highest ever, while the vaccination of the new corona vaccine is delayed.
Prior to closing workplaces nationwide for 30 days to a week, in Moscow only stores that handle daily necessities such as pharmacies and food stores are allowed to continue operations, and some city closures that close schools and national kindergartens It was implemented.
In some areas, including Moscow, it has decided to start a partial blockade on the 28th, ahead of national efforts to reduce the number of infected people.
Unlike the large-scale blockade in the summer of 2020, Moscow residents are allowed to go out, but the introduction of new partial lockdowns has shown growing concern about record deaths.
Russian officials announced on the 28th that the death toll from the new Corona over the past 24 hours has reached a record high of 1159. The number of infected people per day exceeded 40,000 for the first time.
Russian House Chairman Wolozin suggested that all members be vaccinated and that unvaccinated members should only participate online. There were angry voices from the chamber, such as “What kind of PR is this?”
Many Russians are reluctant to vaccinate and avoid four types of vaccines, including the Russian-approved “Sputnik V”. It has been pointed out that the reason is distrust of the authorities and concerns about the safety of the vaccine.
According to official data as of 22nd of this month, 49.1 million Russians have been completely vaccinated. The total population, excluding the annexed Crimea, is officially estimated to be about 144 million.
The daily newspaper Kommersant reported on the 28th that the Russian government is planning to renew its public relations campaign on the importance of vaccination.The new campaign will focus on more than 80 regions of Russia and expect it to be less aggressive and negative tones than ever before.
The government denied plans to renew the public relations campaign, but explained that it would continue to coordinate its strategy and continue public relations.