Russian President Vladimir Putin supported the proposal to introduce non-working days from October 30 to November 7 in order to slow down the spread of coronavirus infection.

Vladimir Putin signed a corresponding decree.

“It is especially important to bring down the peak of the new wave of the epidemic.

In this regard, taking into account the current situation, of course, I support the proposal to declare non-working days throughout the country with the preservation of wages for workers from October 30 to November 7 inclusive, "Putin said during a meeting with the Cabinet. 

At the same time, the president clarified that in each region of Russia the situation develops in different ways, based on this, the heads of regions can establish additional non-working days without waiting for October 30, or, if necessary, extend them after November 7.

“I am separately addressing the heads of the constituent entities of the Federation, where the incidence rate is especially high, and medical organizations are working with overload.

Conduct consultations with specialists, assess the situation, please, if required, make decisions on the introduction of non-working days from this Saturday, from October 23rd.

I repeat once again that you have the appropriate powers, ”he stressed.

The head of state called on the Cabinet of Ministers to "use more widely" the mechanism to provide citizens with two days off with the preservation of wages after being vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as to expand the volume of testing for COVID-19 in order to timely identify those infected.

"It is necessary to improve and increase testing, this will allow to ensure self-isolation of both the infected and the people who were in contact with them, thereby" breaking "the chain of the spread of the virus," he said.

Putin also drew attention to "what dangerous consequences the low level of vaccination leads to."

Addressing citizens, he stressed that vaccination reduces the risks of illness, severe complications after illness, and the threat of death.

“I would like to draw the attention of the heads of the constituent entities of the Federation to the need to increase the rate of vaccination.

And, of course, I once again urge all our citizens to actively vaccinate themselves.

We are talking about your protection, about your safety, about life, in the end, about the health of your relatives, ”the president emphasized.

COVID-19 statistics

In Russia, the daily maximum for the number of deaths has been updated - 1028. The day before, this figure was 1015 people.

In total, 226 353 patients died in the country from complications that developed against the background of COVID-19 and concomitant diseases.

In total, in the Russian Federation, the number of COVID-19 cases reached 8,094,825, including 34,073 new cases in the last 24 hours.

At the same time, since the beginning of the pandemic, 7,065,712 patients have recovered (25,231 - over the past day).

In Russia, the epidemiological situation is becoming more complicated, said Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova at a meeting between Vladimir Putin and the government.

“The epidemiological situation with the spread of the new coronavirus infection and other seasonal viruses tends to become more complicated,” she said.

According to her, the excess of incidence rates was registered in 35 regions.

At the same time, critical rates of mortality and severe course of COVID-19 are noted in 17 regions.

The largest number of new cases of coronavirus were registered in Moscow (5847), St. Petersburg (3274) and the Moscow region (2590).

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Speaking about the situation with COVID-19 in the Russian capital, Deputy Mayor for Social Development Anastasia Rakova pointed out that the current rise in incidence is different from previous ones.

“This is the first time we have seen strong (30%) growth for five consecutive weeks.

We have not observed such a high rate of growth in any previous period, ”TASS quotes her.

On the eve of Sergei Sobyanin announced new measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.

In particular, in Moscow, in the period from October 25, 2021 to February 25, 2022, a home regime is introduced for people over 60 years old and citizens suffering from chronic diseases, and employers were obliged to transfer 30% of employees to a remote mode of work and increase the number of vaccinated service workers. up to 80%.

As added in the capital's headquarters, the imposed restrictions will affect about 2.5 million people - 1.9 million elderly people and about 600 thousand people with chronic diseases under 60 years of age.

“Only a third of all pensioners in Moscow are vaccinated.

That is why the decisions we make are primarily aimed at protecting these two most vulnerable categories of citizens from disease, ”Rakova explained.

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