An announcement and a call: Vladimir Putin spoke about the Covid-19 epidemic outbreak in Russia, with daily death records at the moment. First, the Russian president on Wednesday ordered a week of paid vacation from October 30 to November 7 in an attempt to stem the deadly epidemic wave in the country. The week of October 30 to November 7 coincides with the Russian school holidays and only November 1, 2 and 3 were open, due to weekends and public holidays.
Nonworking weeks rather than confinement
In the past, the Russian president has several times decreed periods of paid vacation in an attempt to curb the epidemic. Announced for a short period, these nonworking periods have sometimes been extended to long weeks. Vladimir Poutine has always preferred this measure, intended to limit the movement of people and therefore of the virus, rather than confine the population, an unpopular restriction which also risks slowing down the fragile economic recovery.
Vladimir Poutine also implored the Russians, very recalcitrant, to be vaccinated. “Please be responsible,” he said, “there are only two ways to get out of this (epidemic) time: either by getting sick or by getting vaccinated.” He called Russia’s low vaccination rate “dangerous”.
More than 1,000 dead Wednesday
The Head of State also called for speeding up screening and strengthening the isolation measures for contact cases. The Russian president also gave the regions the possibility to start earlier or to extend the week of leave if the epidemic situation warrants it.
Sign of the gravity of the situation, the country, which is already the most bereaved in Europe, recorded Wednesday a new record of daily deaths due to Covid-19, with 1,028 deaths, as well as 34,073 contaminations, according to government figures. Russia has been facing an epidemic outbreak since June that the authorities have not been able to control, under the combined action of the Delta variant of the virus, very contagious, a sluggish vaccination and weak health restrictions.