Staunton, July 12 – The pandemic has reversed one of the public health measures the Russian government has taken most pride in. After a long period of decline, the consumption of alcoholic beverages in Russia has risen over the course of the pandemic, according to a new VTsIOM poll (wciom.ru/analytical-reviews/analiticheskii-obzor/alkogol-na-fone-pandemii).
Russian officials today reported registering 25,140 new cases of infection and 710 new deaths from the coronavirus over the last 24 hours, with roughly 40 percent of those again being in the two capitals and adjoining oblasts (t.me/COVID2019_official/3273).
The pandemic continues to ebb and flow across Russia with restrictions being lifted where the situation has improved and imposed or lengthened where the trends have gone in the opposite direction (regnum.ru/news/society/3315953.html). Buryatia ended its lockdown, Krasnodar kray imposed a vaccination requirement on all visitors, and Leningrad oblast banned all mass meetings including religious ones (ria.ru/20210712/buryatiya-1740863735.html, mbk-news.appspot.com/news/v-krasnodarskom-na-den/ and ng.ru/faith/2021-07-12/2_8196_quarantine.html).
Russian Aviation announced that it was imposing a requirement that all aircrews be tested at least once every three days (rbc.ru/business/12/07/2021/60ec14a29a7947e13c48e490). Meanwhile, in another pandemic-related development, the funeral industry in St. Petersburg said it would bury all victims of the coronavirus for free (fontanka.ru/2021/07/12/70020635).