Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Putin’s Return to Self-Isolation Sparks Fears of General Lockdown after Duma Vote

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Sept. 14 – Vladimir Putin’s decision to return to self-isolation because of coronavirus infections among his entourage has prompted speculation about the possibility that the Duma elections might be postponed or a new country-wide lockdown imposed after them (, and

            Today, Russian officials reported registering 17,837 new cases of infection and 781 new deaths from the coronavirus over the last 24 hours as the pandemic continued across the country (,  and

            Officials in some regions reported sharp spikes upward in both infections and deaths ( and And consumer affairs chief Anna Popova said there was no basis now for lifting the mask mandate (

            More schools and at least one university went to distance learning as the pandemic appeared to intensify (, and Moscow did lift restrictions on flights to Spain but Spanish officials said Russians could only enter if they had non-Russian vaccines ( and

            To try to boost the rate of vaccinations among Russians which has slowed in recent weeks, ever more experts are urging that the government mandate three days of paid leave for everyone who gets the covid shots ( and

            Meanwhile, a SuperJob poll finds that 32 percent of Russians do not think that those who purchase fake vaccination certificates should be punished, while 41 percent say they favor punishing such people (

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