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October 26, 2021, 17:40

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To combat the spread of COVID-19 in the city, the days from October 28 to November 7 have been declared non-working, and it is planned to increase the number of rapid testing and vaccination points.

The volume of vaccinations against coronavirus in Moscow has quadrupled since the end of August, said Sergei Sobyaninduring a meeting of the Presidium of the Coordination Council under the Government of Russia on the fight against COVID-19.

“Vaccination in Moscow has recently increased several times – four times from the minimum threshold, which was at the end of August. This is a positive trend. We are increasing the capacity of vaccination points in order to minimize possible queues. With an increase in the number of applicants, additional vaccination points will be deployed so that everyone can receive vaccinations under normal conditions, ”he said.

Thanks to vaccination, the number of hospitalized patients relative to the number of all COVID-19 cases has decreased compared to previous periods. At the same time, the situation in Moscow remains tense.

“Over the past week, the number of detected cases has increased by 14 percent, the number of hospitalizations – by 10 percent. That is, it is obvious that growth continues. Maybe not in such dynamics, but the growth is serious, – the Mayor of Moscow emphasized. “Today 12.5 thousand beds are occupied”.

For the timely detection of cases in the capital, the volume of testing has been increased. Up to 90,000 PCR tests are done daily, and 20 more express testing centers will open from October 29.

“The experiment that we are conducting in large shopping centers, transport hubs has shown its high efficiency. Detectability using this kind of rapid testing is about four to five percent. This is a high figure. Therefore, starting from Friday, we will increase the number of such centers, ”Sergei Sobyanin said. Another 20 new express testing points will appear on the territory of transport hubs and in large centers of public services.

To combat the coronavirus, a number of restrictive measures have been introduced in the capital. Since October 25, 30 percent of employees of Moscow enterprises have been transferred to telecommuting, and citizens over 60 and Muscovites with chronic diseases who have not been vaccinated and have not had COVID-19 in the past six months have been switched to home mode. Such requirements will act until February 25, 2022.

Non-working days are established in the city from October 28 to November 7. During this period, the activities of trade, service, catering, sports, culture, recreation and entertainment establishments that carry out film screenings and other organizations, with the exception of those selling medicines, food and essential goods, are suspended. Selling goods and providing services remotely will continue.

The provision of public services is possible in electronic form, restaurants and cafes can operate takeaway and deliver ready-made meals, theaters and museums will limit the number of visitors and introduce QR codes.

“We will monitor the further development of the situation. We hope that the measures that were introduced by the presidential decree will have their effect at the city level, ”concluded Sergei Sobyanin.

Chairman of the Government of Russia Mikhail Mishustin called for the possibility of vaccination and testing even on non-working days.

“Today it is important to further increase the rate of vaccination, otherwise it is impossible to cope with the spread of the infection. Moreover, it is necessary to maintain the level of testing in the regions at the proper level in order to timely identify sick people, provide them with assistance, and protect others from infection, ”said Mikhail Mishustin.

The Russian government, in turn, will provide financial support to the regions for the purchase of medicines, the provision of medical care to sick covid and citizens with suspicion of it.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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