Staunton, Sept. 29 – Despite the rising number of infections and deaths from the pandemic – today Russia set a one-day record for deaths with 857 – the number of Russian firms with work-at-home programs has fallen by 50 percent since the end of 2020 (superjob.ru/research/articles/113085/chasche-vsego-na-udalenke-ostavlyayut-programmistov/).
The major focus now is on distance learning in the schools, with Moscow consistently giving low ball figures. Today, educational officials said only 50 countries in the country had any limitations in place, fewer than the number in many regions in fact (regnum.ru/news/3384404.html and regnum.ru/news/3384835.html).
But Russians can take some comfort from the fact that Kremlin press spokesman Dmitry Peskov says the authorities there are paying attention to the pandemic. “We see a definite trend toward an increase in coronavirus infections” (regnum.ru/news/3384484.html). At the same time, he said Vladimir Putin has ended his self-isolation regime to meet with Turkish president Redcep Erdogan (https://regnum.ru/news/3384475.html).
Today, Russian officials reported registering 22,430 new cases of covid infection, with Moscow and major cities hit especially hard. They also reported that 41 percent of the adult population of the country has now been vaccinated (t.me/COVID2019_official/3606 and regnum.ru/news/3384378.html).
Meanwhile, in other pandemic-related developments in Russia today,
· The health ministry says it is considering allowing private medical clinics in Moscow to import and use foreign covid vaccines even in cases where those have not been registered and approved by the Russian government (kommersant.ru/doc/5007882).
· A Russian doctor says that the covid vaccination can help those who have been infected to avoid any post-covid complications (capost.media/views/vaktsinatsiya-mozhet-umenshit-proyavleniya-postkovidnogo-sindroma/).