Staunton, Sept. 12 – Russian officials and epidemiologists are predicting a new upsurge in covid cases immediately after next weekend’s parliamentary elections, with some saying this will be “a fourth wave.” As a result, they say there can be no weakening of the mask mandate anytime soon (sobesednik.ru/zdorove/20210911-nacnetsya-ozivlenie-epidemii-gennadii, iarex.ru/articles/82497.html, ura.news/news/1052504624 and ura.news/news/1052504580).
Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin weighed in with the observation that workers in healthcare and education should get vaccinated not so much to protect others as to protect themselves, a reflection of his view of human motivations and of the balance between personal interests and social responsibility (regnum.ru/news/3367796.html).
Today, Russian officials reported registering 18,554 new cases of infection and 788 new deaths from the coronavirus over the last 24 hours as the pandemic continued to ebb and flow across the Russian Federation (t.me/COVID2019_official/3544 and regnum.ru/news/society/3361504.html).
But for many Russians, the greatest sign today of the continuing impact of the pandemic is that for the first time in ten years, Dmitry Kiselyov did not host his weekly news program on Russia-1. He is in the hospital being treated for a coronavirus infection (znak.com/2021-09-11/dmitriya_kiseleva_kotorogo_gospitalizirovali_s_covid_19_v_vestyah_nedeli_zamenit_kozhevin).