Moscow is seeking to find new ways to pressure people into getting vaccinated for three reasons: a rising share of the population saying it won’t get vaccinated, fears that those who are infected will have medical problems long after being declared cured (kp.ru/daily/217170/4272287/), and projections that “no fewer than half” of Russians must be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity (regnum.ru/news/3040720.html).
Today, the central staff reported registering 4828 new cases of infection, bringing that total to 937,321 as well as 117 new deaths bringing that toll to 15,989 (zona.media/chronicle/krnaugust). The pandemic continued but with regions increasingly diverging in its level and the restrictions imposed against it (regnum.ru/news/society/3040080.html
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regnum.ru/news/3041053.html), but most economic news continued to be dire. Foreign investment, for example, has fallen by more than 80 percent from last year (https://krizis-kopilka.ru/archives/79226
Meanwhile, in other pandemic-related developments from Russia today,
· The head of the National Parents Committee has called on the government to introduce health classes in Russian schools (regnum.ru/news/3040075.html).
· A group of doctors is circulating a letter describing the horrific conditions under which they have had to work and the government’s failure, despite promises, to provide them with additional support (svpressa.ru/blogs/article/273749/).
· Russian media outlets are making much of reports that the coronavirus has mutated and is now less often fatal to those who contract it (newizv.ru/news/science/19-08-2020/kovid-poshel-na-ustupki-uchenye-podtverdili-chto-ego-novaya-mutatsiya-menee-smertelna).