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Russia has experienced its worst week of the pandemic. The increase in the number of infected three times updated the maximum

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MOSCOW, October 11. / TASS /. This week turned out to be the worst for Russia since the beginning of the pandemic: the daily increase in the number of people infected with coronavirus updated the maximum three times, and at the end of seven days, more infected people were registered in the country than ever.
From 5 to 11 October, the headquarters reported 83,717 new cases of infection, which is 31.7% more than a week earlier. On Sunday, it became known that 13,634 infected were registered at once per day.
In the spring, the maximum daily increase was recorded on May 11 – 11 656 infected. The largest weekly increase – from May 4 to May 10 – was then 75,001 cases.
The rate of spread of infection remains high: in relative terms, the number of people infected has increased by 6.9% against 5.5% last week. The average daily indicator came close to 1%, it follows from the calculations of TASS.
At the same time, the infection prevalence rate decreased slightly by the end of the week – from 1.18 to 1.14. This may indicate that the growth in the number of infected is slowing down.
By the end of the week, the number of so-called active cases, that is, patients who are currently being treated, peaked since the beginning of the epidemic. Now, according to the operational headquarters, 255,679 Russians are ill (this number also includes asymptomatic cases). In seven days, their number increased by 19.2%.
This week, the Ministry of Health did not update data on the share of occupied beds for patients with coronavirus. At the end of September, the ministry reported that hospitals were almost 90% full, but in the regions they were actively expanding new places and returning previously mothballed hospitals to work.
In seven days, 41,299 Russians recovered – more than last week. But due to the increase in the incidence rate, the proportion of those who were cured continued to decline and dropped from 80.6% to 78.6%. This is the minimum figure in two months – from August 11.
From October 5 to October 11, the headquarters announced the maximum deaths since the beginning of the pandemic of 1,239 due to coronavirus, which is almost 20% more than in the previous week.
The previous weekly maximum was recorded on July 6-12, when the country confirmed 1,174 deaths due to a new disease.
Thus, this week, on average, 177 patients died per day, while in the previous seven days, about 148.
At the same time, the conditional mortality of coronavirus infection (the final one can be determined only after the end of the epidemic) decreased from 1.76% to 1.74% – the minimum value since mid-September. This may be due to the fact that the number of people infected in the country is growing much faster than the number of deaths. In addition, the peak of mortality, as experts say, always lags behind the peak of morbidity by several weeks.
In Moscow, despite a serious rise in the incidence, the number of detected cases is still far from the maximum values. During the week, the headquarters reported 26,478 infected, which is 45.8% more than in the previous seven days, but noticeably less than in the first half of May.
The number of active cases in the capital is also growing rapidly – in a week it increased immediately by 38.7%, to 63,204. This is the maximum since the beginning of July, but almost half as much as at the peak of the spread of the infection.
The city reported 252 deaths in seven days due to coronavirus against 179 a week earlier. However, the conditional mortality rate, according to TASS estimates, decreased from 1.76% to 1.69% – the lowest since the end of June.
The incidence is growing practically throughout Russia. In the regions of the Central Federal District, even without taking into account Moscow, 39% more infected people were detected than a week earlier: an increase in the epidemic process is recorded, in particular, in the Voronezh, Oryol, Tver, Yaroslavl regions.
In the Northwestern Federal District, the last week’s figure was exceeded by 37.9%. The number of cases detected in St. Petersburg has reached a maximum since mid-May, and in the Arkhangelsk and Leningrad regions it turned out to be the largest ever since the pandemic.
A significant increase, according to TASS estimates, is shown by Siberia (by 26.5% more infected than in the previous seven days), the Far East (by 26.2%), the Urals (by 22.9%). In the Southern Federal District, the excess of the previous week was 20.3%, the Crimea and Sevastopol demonstrate the maximum rates of infection. In the Volga region (16.1%), the most difficult situation is observed in the Penza, Samara, Ulyanovsk regions and a number of other regions.
The situation in the North Caucasus can be called relatively calm, where from October 5 to 11, 5.9% more cases of infection were confirmed than last week. However, the weekly increase in the district turned out to be the largest for the entire time of the spread of infection in the country.
Officially, quarantine was not introduced in Russia due to the coronavirus: the so-called non-working day regime was in effect at the federal level, and self-isolation regimes of varying degrees of severity at the regional level. They were introduced at the end of March, when the number of people infected in the country was only a few thousand.
Now the authorities are trying to avoid new harsh measures, urging Russians to comply with the existing ones – to wear masks and gloves in public places, to maintain social distance, and so on. However, on Friday, the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov did not rule out that new restrictions would have to be introduced, although he could not specify which ones.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said earlier that, at least for the capital, next week will be “largely decisive” in the situation with the coronavirus. According to him, if it is possible to ensure strict implementation of preventive measures, there will be a chance to stabilize the situation without additional and “extremely undesirable” restrictions.
The Governor of the Moscow Region, Andrei Vorobyov, spoke even more clearly on Sunday morning: “Our task is to prevent quarantine. If quarantine, then that’s it, pipe.”
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Pandemic COVID-19 Russia Sobyanin, Sergei Semenovich Vorobyov, Andrey Yurievich

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