In the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 34 303 cases of COVID-19 and 1 002 deaths due to a disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The total case count going up to 7 992 687 and 223 312 deaths, the anti-coronavirus crisis center informed.
- Health Minister Mikhail Murashko has called on doctors who are self-isolating or even retired due to the pandemic to get vaccinated and return to work due to record increases in Covid-19 infections and deaths.
- Russia will resume regular air travel with the Bahamas, Iran, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Slovenia, Tunisia, Sweden and Thailand starting Nov. 9, the national Covid-19 headquarters announced Thursday.
- The surging outbreak has come with just 31% of Russians fully inoculated as of Saturday, according to the Gogov website, which tallies Covid-19 data from the regions.
- The Kremlin has avoided re-introducing major restrictions despite calling the country's vaccination rate "unacceptably" low, saying this week authorities have to ensure "the economy continues working."
- According to Rospotrebnadzor head Anna Popova, 38 of Russia’s 85 regions have introduced vaccine mandates for certain categories of citizens and employees working in designated sectors of the economy, such as retail and hospitality.
- The Moscow region that surrounds the capital has imposed vaccine mandates for sales, food, transport, public service, hair salon and fitness club employees.
- Roughly 235 000 of Russia's 255 000 Covid hospital beds nationwide are occupied, with 6 000 patients on ventilators.
- Russia’s western exclave of Kaliningrad has suspended planned medical procedures as it battles an “extremely difficult” surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. The central Mari El region also canceled routine operations and medical treatment from Tuesday, warning that it had run out of free hospital beds and may soon have to start treating patients in corridors.