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 President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia had two weeks to prepare for a new wave of coronavirus infections driven by the Omicron variant after the WHO warned of an increase in Europe Russia has lifted almost all restrictions designed to limit new cases despite the increase in cases and growing Omicron infections It is currently the worst affected country in Europe in terms of virus related deaths We see what is happening in the world the Russian leader told a meeting of cabinet ministers on Wednesday We have at least a couple of weeks to prepare Regional and federal authorities should take steps with companies to limit the impact of the new variant he added The country found itself in an extremely difficult situation Putin said He urged Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin to increase national vaccination rates including with Russia s Sputnik V which the Kremlin chief said was perhaps more efficient than other vaccines used around the world On Tuesday the World Health Organization warned that more than half of people in Europe will likely get Omicron in March Russia has recently emerged from a deadly wave of the Delta variant of Covid 19 Russia s statistics agency said in December that some 87 000 people had died from the coronavirus in November alone bringing the country s total pandemic related deaths to more than 600 000 almost double the official figure provided by a government Covid website There is widespread skepticism about vaccines in Russia Even with several domestically produced injections available for free for months less than half of Russia s population of 146 million has been vaccinated according to a government tally on Wednesday After a strict but brief national lockdown at the start of the pandemic Russia has refrained from introducing measures to contain the virus in hopes of protecting its struggling economy The pandemic is also causing a demographic crisis in Russia In 2020 the population fell by 510 000 people the steepest decline in 15 years Rosstat calculated Source Credit TheGuardian
Putin says Russia has two weeks to prepare for Omicron wave

1 President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia had two weeks to prepare for a new wave of coronavirus infections driven by the Omicron variant after the WHO warned of an increase in Europe.

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2 Russia has lifted almost all restrictions designed to limit new cases, despite the increase in cases and growing Omicron infections. It is currently the worst affected country in Europe in terms of virus-related deaths.

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3 “We see what is happening in the world,” the Russian leader told a meeting of cabinet ministers on Wednesday. “We have at least a couple of weeks to prepare.”

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4 Regional and federal authorities should take steps with companies to limit the impact of the new variant, he added.

5 The country found itself in an “extremely difficult situation,” Putin said.

6 He urged Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin to increase national vaccination rates, including with Russia’s Sputnik-V, which the Kremlin chief said was “perhaps more efficient” than other vaccines used around the world.

7 On Tuesday, the World Health Organization warned that more than half of people in Europe will likely get Omicron in March. Russia has recently emerged from a deadly wave of the Delta variant of Covid-19.

8 Russia’s statistics agency said in December that some 87,000 people had died from the coronavirus in November alone, bringing the country’s total pandemic-related deaths to more than 600,000, almost double the official figure provided. by a government Covid website.

9 There is widespread skepticism about vaccines in Russia.

10 Even with several domestically produced injections available for free for months, less than half of Russia’s population of 146 million has been vaccinated, according to a government tally on Wednesday.

11 After a strict but brief national lockdown at the start of the pandemic, Russia has refrained from introducing measures to contain the virus in hopes of protecting its struggling economy.

12 The pandemic is also causing a demographic crisis in Russia. In 2020, the population fell by 510,000 people, the steepest decline in 15 years, Rosstat calculated.

13 Source Credit: TheGuardian

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