Staunton, July 24 – Although Russian officials said they registered only 23,947 new cases of coronavirus infection today, they announced that they had recorded 799 deaths from the disease, the highest daily figure since the pandemic began more than 18 months ago (t.me/COVID2019_official/3353).
The number of new infections declined especially in Moscow city and oblast, but elsewhere there were hotspots which reported significant increases. In Khakassia, the situation became so dire that Moscow dispatched military personnel to help local medical facilities respond (regnum.ru/news/society/3324376.html and regnum.ru/news/3329151.html).
And in Daghestan, officials expanded the list of professions where vaccination is now mandatory (capost.media/news/obshchestvo/v-dagestane-vveli-obyazatelnuyu-vaktsinatsiyu-dlya-sotrudnikov-smi/), part of a general trend to require vaccinations as a condition of continued employment across Russia (regnum.ru/news/3329113.html).
Meanwhile, in other pandemic-related developments in Russia today,
· Novyye izvestiya reported that senior managers at the pharmaceutical laboratory that came up with the Sputnik-5 vaccine have grown rich and are spending accordingly (newizv.ru/news/science/24-07-2021/razruha-ubozhestvo-i-novyy-limuzin-dlya-nachalstva-kak-vyglyadit-institut-gamalei).
· Some analysts are suggesting that the rise in divorces to 94 for every 100 marriages in Russia cannot be blamed on the pandemic alone but reflects underlying social changes and economic problems (newizv.ru/news/society/24-07-2021/brosit-v-goresti-i-v-pechali-pandemiya-i-lokdauny-rezko-uvelichili-chislo-razvodov).
· Moscow aviation officials announced that Russian carriers will resume flights to the Czech Republic and France on July 24 (regnum.ru/news/3329080.html).
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