Staunton, September 1 – Russian officials reported registering 4729 new cases of coronavirus infection over the last 24 hours, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 1,000,048. They also said the number of new deaths equaled 123, bringing that toll to 17,299 (t.me/COVID2019_official/1403).
Passing a million officially registered cases has touched off a debate, with some saying official figures understates the total by million and others arguing one million is less than one percent of the population and not that bad (novayagazeta.ru/articles/2020/09/01/86914-epidemiya-bez-simptomov and versia.ru/virusolog-million-sluchaev-zarazheniya-koronavirusom-yeto-menee-1-naseleniya-rossii
The pandemic continues to ebb and flow, with re-openings and re-closings still the order of the day (regnum.ru/news/society/3045839.html). The president of the Academy of Sciences says new infections may increase this fall (sobkorr.org/news/5F4E42268F11E.html). Meanwhile, Moscow officials say vaccinations will begin the Russian capital on September 5 (regnum.ru/news/3051291.html).
Schools reopened today, with most in face to face regime but some with distance learning. Officials suggested more might make the transition to the latter form if the epidemiological situation deteriorates, and a Duma deputy says mass closures are likely in the near future (regnum.ru/news/3050421.html, regnum.ru/news/3050753.html and regnum.ru/news/3050697.html).
Economists are predicting a serious rise in inflation beginning this month (capost.media/news/ekonomika/v-sentyabre-rossiyan-zhdyet-ocherednoy-rost-tsen/). More banks are taking losses but have sufficient reserves to ride out the crisis (asros.ru/upload/iblock/aa6/Sbornik-za-2-kv.pdf).
Moreover, new bank figures show that credit card usage and micro-loans are increasingly problem areas (rbc.ru/finances/02/09/2020/5f4e7c289a794783044fe3b4?from=from_main_1 and krizis-kopilka.ru/archives/79628).
Meanwhile, in other pandemic-related developments in Russia today,
· Commentators are linking reports about a record decline in the population and significant growth of poverty to the coronavirus pandemic (znak.com/2020-09-01/v_rossii_ozhidaetsya_rekordnoe_sokrachenie_naseleniya_na_fone_pandemii_i_rost_bednosti).
· Russian officials are currently seeking to design a system in which Russians will be willing to be vaccinated against both the flu and the coronavirus rather than choosing one or the other or neither (ng.ru/moscow/2020-09-01/2_7952_01092020msk.html).
· Russian hackers broke into a company that maintains lists of coronavirus test results and stole the data (ura.news/news/1052447685).