Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Nearly Half of Muscovites Believes Third Wave of Pandemic has Begun in Russia

 Paul Goble

            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 (

            Russian officials today reported registering 8115 new cases of infection and 329 new deaths from the coronavirus over the last 24 hours ( Also today, the defense ministry reported that “more than 33,000” uniformed personnel have recovered from being infected by the coronavirus (

            The pandemic is ebbing and flowing across Russia with surges in Buryatia, Sakha and St. Petersburg and declines elsewhere (,,, and

            On the vaccine front, officials have launched an effort to vaccinate workers at construction sites in Moscow Oblast ( The Irkutsk governor, in expectation of a flood of tourists, has stepped up his push to get residents vaccinated ( And St. Petersburg officials reported that they have no vaccinated almost 11 percent of the city’s population (

            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 (

·         Sakhalin Governor Valery Limarenko says he wants to restore air service to Japan after the pandemic eases (

·         Baku has reached agreement with Moscow to produce the Sputnik-5 vaccine in Azerbaijan (

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