Saturday, July 25, 2020

Pandemic Beginning Counterattack in Russia, Finance University Specialist Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, July 23 – Even though Russian officials insist that the coronavirus situation is improving and that the country will avoid a second wave in the fall, Aleksey Zubets, head of the  Finance University’s Institute for Socio-Economic Research, says that he sees signs that the pandemic is beginning “a counterattack” in Russia (

            Despite his own upbeat assessments, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin says that the virus remains “very dangerous” – he himself has been infected – and that he is not about to let up. To that end, he says, no senior officials will get vacations this year so that they can be present  to fight the pandemic ( and

            Officials counted 5848 new cases and 147 deaths from the coronavirus over the last 24 hours ( and But yet more government reports showed that both of these are significant undercounts if not today than for the pandemic as a whole (
            Russian officials also reported that the total number of people tested in Russia now exceeds 26 million ( The health ministry said vaccinations will begin in August, something possible because Russia began working on a vaccine already in February ( and
            Regnum’s daily survey of the country’s regions found that in some places the pandemic is receding and restrictions are being lifted while in others it is getting worse and officials are being forced to reimpose restrictions they had lifted. Karelia is now one of the latter ( and
            Suggestions that Khabarovsk is becoming a hotspot because of the protests seem more political than real given that reports coming in suggest that the uptick in infections there reflects a greater incidence of the disease in retirement homes than among those who took part in the protests (ru/sibir-news/9033031 and
            There was mixed news about the economy, an improvement from recent days. New figures show that it is recovering, although some analysts warn that the better figures reflect government assistance that may not continue ( and
            Meanwhile, in two other pandemic-related developments in Russia today,
·         Russia’s consumer affairs agency has launched a COVID-19 PREPRINTS portal to speed dissemination of information on new developments and best practices in fighting the pandemic (
·         And Russian cities are beginning to see the impact of summer travel: Russians from St. Petersburg who went to Russian-occupied Crimea, reportedly have been bringing back the infection with them  on their return (

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