Staunton, May 11 – Forty-five percent of Muscovites say in a new poll that they fear that a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic has begun in the Russian Federation, a view that reflects rising rates of infection and deaths in some places in recent weeks but is at odds with the position of the Russian government (regnum.ru/news/3265346.html).
Russian officials today reported registering 8115 new cases of infection and 329 new deaths from the coronavirus over the last 24 hours (t.me/COVID2019_official/2921). Also today, the defense ministry reported that “more than 33,000” uniformed personnel have recovered from being infected by the coronavirus (regnum.ru/news/3266282.html).
The pandemic is ebbing and flowing across Russia with surges in Buryatia, Sakha and St. Petersburg and declines elsewhere (regnum.ru/news/society/3258922.htmlregnum.ru/news/3265217.html, regnum.ru/news/3265146.html, regnum.ru/news/3265199.html and regnum.ru/news/3265146.html).
On the vaccine front, officials have launched an effort to vaccinate workers at construction sites in Moscow Oblast (regnum.ru/news/3266039.html). The Irkutsk governor, in expectation of a flood of tourists, has stepped up his push to get residents vaccinated (regnum.ru/news/3265608.html). And St. Petersburg officials reported that they have no vaccinated almost 11 percent of the city’s population (regnum.ru/news/3265398.html).
Meanwhile, in other pandemic-related developments in Russia today,
· Russia’s Muslim leadership announced that there will be no worshippers on the occasion of the end of Ramadan in two days at mosques in the capital city (dumrf.ru/common/announcement/18886).
· Sakhalin Governor Valery Limarenko says he wants to restore air service to Japan after the pandemic eases (regnum.ru/news/3265180.html).
· Baku has reached agreement with Moscow to produce the Sputnik-5 vaccine in Azerbaijan (regnum.ru/news/3265413.html).