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November 19, 2021 11:13 am

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If the trend continues next week, several redeveloped city hospital buildings could return to normal operations.

Thanks to epidemic vacations, Moscow has come out on top in Russia in terms of the rate of decline in the incidence of coronavirus infection. After the days off, the number of new cases of COVID-19 dropped by 50 percent and hospitalizations by 45 percent. This made it possible to free up 1,400 beds. If this trend continues, a number of hospital buildings redesigned to fight coronavirus infection will be able to return to their usual work. This was reported by Anastasia Rakova, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Development, Head of the Operational Headquarters for Controlling and Monitoring the Coronavirus Situation in Moscow.

“The effect that we expected from the introduction of non-working days has been achieved. It has been 10 days since the end of the non-working days. The drop in incidence cumulatively over this period by 50 percent, hospitalizations by 45 percent. We managed to free 1400 beds from the covid. And if this trend continues next week, then we will be able to return to normal operation a number of city hospital buildings and no longer use them for the treatment of covid. Today, in terms of the rate of decrease in the incidence rate, Moscow ranks first in the country, and this cannot but please us, ”said the vice-mayor.

Anastasia Rakova stressed that coronavirus is a dangerous and serious disease, the situation can change at any time, including worsening. Therefore, the townspeople should continue to be very careful to comply with the restrictions, wear masks and get vaccinated.

According to the vice-mayor, before the introduction of non-working days, the incidence in Moscow had been growing for five weeks in a row. At the same time, the weekly growth rate was about 30 percent. At the end of October, the city reached its peak values, which were almost equal to the maximum incidence rates in the capital in December last year. With such a load, the capacity of the Moscow healthcare system could be exhausted in two to three weeks. The introduction of non-working days was a forced, but necessary and, as it turned out, effective measure. Epidemiological vacations helped to interrupt as many chains of coronavirus infection as possible in the shortest possible time.

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There are 71 offices in Moscow where you can take a free express test for COVID-19. They are open in 38 centers of public services “My Documents”, in 21 popular public places and shopping centers and in seven transport interchange hubs (TPU), as well as in the lobbies of five metro stations. Rapid diagnostic points work according to the schedule of institutions, and at TPU and the metro – every day from 09:00 to 21:00.

Vaccination against COVID-19 can be done by appointment at one of the vaccination centers based on polyclinics, as well as without an appointment at the work points of mobile teams in popular public places.

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

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