Staunton, May 15 – The overall infection count in Russia continues to be stable, but the numbers in the two capitals have jumped over the last few days and now together form nearly half of all cases in the country as a whole including many places showing improvement, returning to the pattern that was the case at the outset of the pandemic there.
Russian officials reported registering 8790 new cases of infection in the last 24 hours, but more than 3,000 of them were in Moscow and almost 800 in St. Petersburg, vastly higher figures especially in the former city than a week of more ago (t.me/COVID2019_official/2941, regnum.ru/news/society/3267667.htmlregnum.ru/news/3270224.html).
The upsurge in the two cities almost certainly reflects greater public contact without masks or the maintenance of social distance during the extended days off Vladimir Putin gave the country for the May holidays and the fact that elsewhere many restrictions imposed earlier are still in place compared to Moscow at least. (More restrictions are in place in Petersburg.)
Russian officials also announced that the Sputnik-5 vaccine has now been approved for use in Ecuador and Venezuela (sputnikvaccine.com/rus/newsroom/pressreleases/primenenie-vaktsiny-sputnik-v-odobreno-v-respublike-ekvador/ and sputnikvaccine.com/rus/newsroom/pressreleases/primenenie-odnokomponentnoy-vaktsiny-sputnik-layt-odobreno-v-venesuele/).