Monday, March 1, 2021

Despite Improved Statistics, Only One Russian in 16 Immune to Coronavirus, Epidemiologists Say

Paul Goble

            Staunton, February 28 – For the sixth day in a row, new coronavirus infections in Russia have remained below 12,000, but epidemiologists say that only about six percent of the population has immunity either from the shorts or recovery from the illness, a situation which makes it far too early to lift all restrictions ( and

            The daily figures continue their downward drift. Today, the Russian government reported 11,359 new cases of infection and 379 new deaths from the coronavirus over the last 24 hours ( But in some places, higher rates prompted officials to extend restrictions rather than lift them (

            One positive development that may increase the number of Russians who get vaccinated was the announcement that the developers of a single-shot vaccine, known in Russia as Sputnik-Lite, have applied for government registration (

            But a negative development was a report that 129 Chechen clinics had been closed after investigations found that they had been handing out false negatives following tests for the coronavirus ( This has been a problem of this kind elsewhere in Russia, but the Chechen case seems to be the largest so far.

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