Staunton, April 11 – In both the first and second waves, Russia lagged behind EU countries by six to eight weeks, Deutsche Welle reports. Consequently, it is entirely likely that the surge in coronavirus cases European countries are experiencing now will hit Russia with approximately the same lag time (dw.com/ru/rossii-ne-izbezhat-tretej-volny-koronavirusa/a-57149074).
Russia could avoid that, the German broadcaster says, by taking tough measures involving wearing masks, maintaining social distance and encouraging isolation. But such measures are not only unpopular but have negative economic consequences and so are unlikely to be adopted there.
The World Health Organization concurs that Russia is at heightened risk because of the spread of new strains of the virus (regnum.ru/news/3239668.html). These assessments come as the New York Times says Russia has already suffered 300,000 covid deaths
The Russian authorities reported registering 8702 new cases of infection and 337 new deaths from coronavirus over the last 24 hours as the pandemic continued to ebb and, in a few places, increase over the same period (t.me/COVID2019_official/2757 and
On the vaccination front, the EU has rejected Sputnik-5 because other options are available and despite Russian suggestions that all should be deployed against the pandemic (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=6072A3E202CA6 and ng.ru/editorial/2021-04-11/2_8125_editorial.html).
Also today, Russia’s Federal Medical-Biological Agency reported that it has received a patent for a new medicine to promote resistance and help cure covid. The medication is radically different in that it is delivered through the nose or via inhalation rather than via shots (kp.ru/daily/27263.5/4396384/).