In Russia, over the past day, 23 210 new cases of coronavirus infection were detected.

During this time, 33,715 people have fully recovered in the country, 937 patients have died.

The largest number of new cases was recorded in Moscow (2239), St. Petersburg (1834) and the Moscow region (1616).

The total number of COVID-19 cases registered in the country has reached 10,415,230. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 9,293,486 people have been cured in Russia, 305,155 infected have died.

According to Rospotrebnadzor, for the entire time of the pandemic, more than 238.7 million tests for COVID-19 were carried out in the country.

The situation with the spread of coronavirus "is not cloudless, but still stable," said the chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko.

She also called for 100% herd immunity.

“We must understand that we have not won the covid yet.

I want to thank all those citizens who have taken root, have shown their responsibility, and still appeal to those who have not yet done so.

We must achieve collective immunity, for this we need 100% vaccination of our citizens, "TASS quotes her as saying.

Commenting on Matvienko's statement, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov noted that the level of public immunity in Russia should be higher than it is now.

“And therefore, of course, here we need to rely only on the conscientiousness of our citizens, who will be vaccinated and revaccinated,” added a Kremlin spokesman.

Currently, the level of herd immunity in Russia is 60.4%.

More than 77.8 million Russians have been vaccinated with the first component of the COVID-19 vaccine, and over 73 million have been vaccinated with the two.

Situation with coronavirus in Moscow

The Moscow authorities are closely monitoring the situation with the spread of the omicron coronavirus strain, which behaves "quite aggressively and toughly" in Europe.

This was announced by the Deputy Mayor of the capital Anastasia Rakova.

“We are watching very closely how the incidence rate is growing in England, France, Denmark, Norway.

And, of course, these figures cannot but sadden us: we see that in the last two weeks there has been simply not an arithmetic, but a geometric increase in the incidence rate, "RIA Novosti quotes her.

According to her, Russia as a whole needs to prepare for the arrival of the omicron strain: “And depending on the numbers and its behavior that we see, I think, in the next month and a half we will make appropriate decisions.”

2021 has been a year of unfulfilled hopes in the fight against COVID-19, she added.

“It turned out that the virus mutates, mutates quickly, and each new mutation can raise a wave no less, and often more than the previous one, as we now see,” said the deputy mayor.

In addition, the coronavirus, as it mutated, began to "adapt more and more to children."

In total, over the entire period of the pandemic, 245 thousand children were ill in the capital.

“We began to hospitalize 20-30 children every day in this wave, and with the“ Wuhan ”strain, we had isolated cases, and only in children with a serious concomitant pathology,” Rakova added.

Moscow ranks first in Russia in the number of detected cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic - 2,021,841, while 1,857,711 patients have recovered.

From complications that developed against the background of COVID-19, and concomitant diseases, 36,488 people died over the past day.

The omicron coronavirus strain, like previous SARS-CoV-2 mutations, can be tolerated asymptomatically.

Alexey Agranovsky, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor of the Department of Virology, Faculty of Biology, Moscow State University, announced this on the air of Sputnik radio.

“The downside of the asymptomatic course of the omicron strain is that a person may not even suspect that he is a carrier.

If this happens, the infected person will be able to transmit the virus further.

Those who get infected from it can become seriously ill.

In addition, among these asymptomatic carriers there are "super-distributors" of the virus.

They themselves do not get sick, but they emit large doses of the virus and can transmit the infection to dozens of people, ”he said.

The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adan Ghebreyesus, spoke about the fulfillment of the conditions that will help end the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022, the Izvestia newspaper reports.

He stressed that it is necessary to achieve vaccination of 70% of the world's population, while countries must continue to implement measures in the field of health and welfare, creating more reliable systems.

In addition, it is the government's authority to invest in strengthening the primary health care system.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that health threats endanger all aspects of our lives.

That is why WHO will continue to do everything it can to promote health, maintain a secure world and reach vulnerable populations, ”concluded the WHO Director General.