- Title: Moscow loosens COVID-19 restrictions as Russia sets new death record
- Date: 13th August 2021
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (AUGUST 13, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF KREMLIN VIEWS RUSSIAN FLAG NEAR KREMLIN TOWER VARIOUS OF RED SQUARE VIEWS AMBULANCES IN STREETS PEOPLE WALKING IN STREETS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MOSCOW RESIDENT, ALEXANDER (NO SURNAME GIVEN), SAYING (ASKED IF MEASURES SHOULD BE MADE TOUGHER): "No, they should be just controlled. There should be control I think. Tightening measures can have an opposite effect, but there should be compliance with measures which have already been introduced." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE IN STREETS CARS MOVING PEOPLE IN STREETS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MOSCOW RESIDENT, GALINA (NO SURNAME GIVEN), SAYING: "People are not as sick as it is reported on television. A flu is a flu; immunity is something that everybody has. Well, people ate just being ill for four-five days, and after that they recover if no chronic illnesses. So immunity gets lost. I'm against vaccinations!." AMBULANCE IN STREETS PEOPLE COMING OUT METRO STATION (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MOSCOW RESIDENT, VERA (NO SURNAME GIVEN), SAYING: "It should have long been cancelled! We all are just sick of all of it: masks and all the rest. Who needs them at all? The restrictions are in place for over two years now - will they give it a rest? Its actually around two years. We are all sick and tired." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE IN STREETS
- Embargoed: 27th August 2021 11:43
- Keywords: Coronavirus. Records Health Lockdown Russia
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Europe,Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001EQ447RB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Russia reported a record high 815 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours on Friday, but Moscow's mayor said hospitalisations from the disease in the capital had halved over the past six weeks.
Russia's daily reported COVID-19 infections have gradually dipped from a peak in July that authorities blamed on the infectious Delta variant and a slow vaccination rate. They stood at 22,277 on Friday, including 2,529 in Moscow.
Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said daily hospitalisations had halved in the city compared with late June and hospital bed occupancy was at its lowest since April.
As a result, he said in his blog, the city would no longer require 30% of staff at all businesses to work from home, although that was still encouraged.
The total number of cases recorded in Russia stood at 6,557,068 as of Friday, with 168,864 deaths recorded within a population of more than 144 million.
(Production: Gennady Novik, Angelina Kazakova)
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