Staunton, June 15 – Russian epidemiologists say the third wave of the pandemic in Russia is likely to push the number of new infections daily to 25,000 or more by the end of the month and even more after that before any decline and that the numbers could jump far more (lenta.ru/news/2021/06/16/pik/ and novayagazeta.ru/articles/2021/06/15/rastem-nad-soboi).
One reason for that is that the population is tired of restrictions, slow to get vaccinations, and distrustful of everything the government says, but another is that Russians can see that the anti-coronavirus programs in other countries are working far more effectively than the ones in their own (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=60B7B2877DE79, https://t.me/SerpomPo/10146
Russians also are aware that Moscow had a minimum of 2.5 months to prepare for the third wave – that is roughly the time Russia has lagged behind Europe in pandemic developments – and yet did little or nothing and now is being forced to reimpose draconian and often largely ineffective restrictions (mk.ru/social/health/2021/06/15/tretya-volna-koronavirusa-v-rossii-opyt-drugikh-stran-sulit-pessimizm.html
Russian officials reported registering today 14,185 new cases of infection across the country over the last 24 hours, half of which came from Moscow city and oblast alone. New deaths stayed more or less the same, however, at 379, as the pandemic spread in ever more places (t.me/COVID2019_official/3067 and regnum.ru/news/society/3296191.html).
With the vaccination rate remaining stubbornly low and in some places declining, officials have offered all kinds of incentives from new cars in Moscow to lesser prizes elsewhere. But these have sparked more contempt than enthusiasm for the vaccination program (profile.ru/society/avtomobili-stipendii-ponchiki-kakie-bonusy-dajut-za-vakcinaciju-ot-koronavirusa-880022/).
The one group where inoculations have been going up is among officials but even there the share vaccinated has remained at only about a third of the total population of this group, far lower than in the West (regnum.ru/news/3296522.html, regnum.ru/news/3297060.html, regnum.ru/news/3296919.htmlregnum.ru/news/3296767.html).
On the economic front, officials report that the economy has not recovered to pre-covid levels, a major reason that the business community is now pushing for an acceleration in vaccinations lest slowness there and the absence of significant government aid push the economy down further (regnum.ru/news/3296897.html and regnum.ru/news/3296721.html).
Meanwhile, in other pandemic-related developments from Russia today,
· The European Human Rights Court has taken up the case of a Petersburg woman who was forcibly put in a coronavirus ward despite testing negative for the disease (regnum.ru/news/3296360.html).
Muscovites are evenly divided, 37 percent to 37 percent, on the value of the week off many of them have received in an effort to fight the pandemic (forum-msk.org/material/news/17237154.html