After parliamentary elections, Russia wakes up in full wave of Covid-19

The metro in Moscow, capital of the Russian Federation, in August 2021. AFP - KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV

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With 820 dead in 24 hours and less than 30% of the population vaccinated, Russia is struggling to limit the consequences of Covid.

In question, a lack of political will closely linked to the electoral deadlines.

According to official figures, more than 201,000 people have died since the start of the epidemic.


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With our correspondent in Moscow,

Paul Gogo

Last July, after trying to establish a health pass in Moscow, in vain, the case was heard: a few weeks before the parliamentary elections important for the Kremlin, it was out of the question to impose more constraints on Muscovites .

Result, after several weeks of an epidemic made taboo by a political deadline, the awakening is brutal.

The elections took place last weekend and nothing really changed during the summer.

With more than 800 deaths and 21,000 infections per day, Russia suffers, again and again, the epidemic head-on.

And again, this is the official data, but several Russian journalists have warned in recent months about the likelihood of an even more terrible reality.

Authorities on Thursday denied they were planning new restrictions.

But an action of power seems inevitable.

The Russians do not get vaccinated, less than 30% of the population is now fully vaccinated.

The Kremlin wants to impose its Sputnik V on the Russians and for the moment refuses to import foreign vaccines.

As a result, several travel agencies now offer Russians who do not trust their vaccine to go and get vaccinated abroad.

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