Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the lower house of parliament on June 21.  Photo: AFP.

Putin warns that Covid-19 in Russia is getting worse


Putin warned that Covid-19 in some regions of Russia was getting worse, as officials began to push the idea of ​​regular revaccination.

“Unfortunately, the threat of Covid-19 has not yet subsided,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the lower house of parliament on June 21. “In many regions, the situation has gotten even worse.”

Russia reported 5,334,204 infections and 129,801 deaths, an increase of 17,378 and 440 cases, respectively. Infections increased sharply in some areas, especially Moscow, where more than 9,000 cases were recorded on June 19.

A video that appeared on social media on June 20 shows a Covid-19 patient lying on his stomach on the floor of a hospital corridor in St Petersburg, Putin’s hometown, where several championship matches are being held. football Euro 2020. Local authorities are checking the authenticity of the video.

Officials are also urging people to get vaccinated against Covid-19 by offering new cars and apartments as bonuses, and warning those who don’t get the shot could lose income and be laid off. They said the increase in new infections was due to the Delta variant, and acknowledged that the nationwide campaign to encourage people to be vaccinated had not been fully implemented.

Vaccines have been widely available for months, but many Russians still do not want to be vaccinated. As of June 2, only 18 million of the approximately 144 million population had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the next direction is revaccination.

“Revaccination is inevitable. Not only vaccination, but also re-vaccination for those who want to keep themselves and their loved ones safe,” Peskov said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the lower house of parliament on June 21. Image: AFP.

The world has recorded 179,473,183 nCoV infections and 3,886,302 deaths, an increase of 223,465 and 4,011 respectively, while 162,356,540 people have recovered, according to real-time statistics site Worldometers.

America, the world’s largest epidemic area, reported 34,415,703 infections and 617,332 deaths from nCoV, an increase of 6,025 infections and 114 deaths compared to the previous day. This is the lowest number of daily deaths in the US since March 2020.

The White House announced plans to ship 55 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, with about 75% allocated to Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa through the Covax program. Another 20 million doses were shipped to specific allied countries.

The United States aims to share the vaccine by the end of June, however, less than 10 million doses have been shipped around the world, including 2.5 million doses shipped to Taiwan island over the weekend and about a million doses. The dose was shipped to Mexico, Canada and South Korea earlier this month.

The White House said about 41 million doses would be shared through Covax, with about 14 million going to Latin America and the Caribbean, about 16 million to Asia and about 10 million to Africa.

The remaining 25%, or about 14 million doses, will be shared with “regional priorities”, including Colombia, Argentina, Iraq, Ukraine, the West Bank and Gaza.

“As we continue to battle the Covid-19 pandemic domestically and work to end it worldwide, President Biden has pledged that the United States will be the world’s reservoir of vaccines,” the White House said in a statement. An announcement.

India is the second largest epidemic area in the world with 29,973,457 infections and 389,268 deaths, up from 39,096 and 846 cases respectively the previous day.

India yesterday recorded a record 8.3 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, in a federal campaign to vaccinate all adults free of charge. India’s previous record of 4.5 million doses was on April 5, then plummeted with average daily injections falling below three million.

“If the supply remains stable, of course we will vaccinate the majority of the population by the end of the year,” said DN Patil, a senior health official in the state of Maharashtra with a population of more than 125 million.

The country is using a domestically produced version of the vaccine AstraZeneca and Covaxin of Bharat Biotech, India. The government is trying to secure supplies from foreign vaccines like Pfizer and has abandoned strict regulation to allow for faster imports.

Canada will begin lifting some border restrictions on fully vaccinated citizens, starting July 5. Accordingly, Canadians and permanent residents returning to the country will be exempt from quarantine if they have received two doses of the vaccine. Canada’s goal is to allow fully vaccinated travelers to enter in the coming months.

As of June 18, only 14.7% of Canadians had received both vaccines, according to official data.

Canada first banned non-essential travel in March 2020 as part of its anti-Covid-19 efforts, with the measures expanding every month since.

In Southeast Asia, Indonesia is the largest epidemic area in the region with 2,004,445 infections, an increase of 14,536, the highest daily increase since the outbreak of the pandemic, and 54,956 deaths, an increase of 294. The latest figures put the total number of infections in Indonesia surpassing two millions.

Indonesia will tighten social restrictions on “red zones” for two weeks, starting from June 22, to prevent new infections from increasing. The move means offices, restaurants, cafes and malls are only allowed to operate at 25% capacity. Religious activities are temporarily suspended and tourist attractions must be closed.

Critical sectors, such as basic services, could operate at 100% capacity with stricter medical procedures, while office capacity in non-red zones would be at 50%.

Areas that have been designated as red zones include the Kudus regions in Java, Bangkalan on Madura Island, the capital Jakarta, and parts of Riau in Sumatra.

Philippines The second largest epidemic area in Southeast Asia, recorded 1,364,239 infections and 23,749 deaths, an increase of 5,249 and 128 cases respectively.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on June 21 threatened to jail those who did not receive the Covid-19 vaccine, after reports of low vaccination rates in some locations in the capital Manila. This statement contrasts with Philippine health officials, who say that while urging people to get a Covid-19 vaccine, it is still a voluntary choice.

The Philippines has ordered 113 million doses of vaccine from 5 manufacturers, including 26 million doses of Sinovac, 10 million doses of Sputnik V, 20 million doses of Moderna, 17 million doses of AstraZeneca and 40 million doses from Pfizer/BioNTech.

Myanmar yesterday reported 595 new infections and three deaths, bringing the total number of infections and deaths to 148,617 and 3,265 respectively. This is the largest increase since the February 1 coup, which caused many health workers to quit their jobs and not participate in the fight against the epidemic.

Cases have spiked this month, raising fears of a much larger wave. Many new infections have been reported from the area near the border with India.

The rate of positive tests increased by nearly 12%, much higher than before the coup and close to the November 2020 high.

Huyen Le (According to the AFP, Guardian)

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