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January 18, 2022, 14:53

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Photo by V. Novikov. Press Service of the Mayor and the Government of Moscow

City hospitals maintain a reserve of free coronavirus beds.

The first data on the spread of the omicron strain in Moscow indicate that most people have a milder form of the disease. This was reported Sergei Sobyanin on his blog. According to him, today omicron dominates in the structure of morbidity among residents of the capital, having practically replaced the previous delta strain. But the sharp increase in the number of cases (up to eight thousand people a day) has not yet led to an increase in hospitalizations.

“If in the summer-autumn of 2021, with five thousand positive tests in Moscow, about 1.5 thousand people were hospitalized, now it is 750-800 people a day. With great caution, one can hope that this trend will continue,” the Moscow Mayor wrote.

In case the situation worsens, city hospitals maintain a reserve of free coronavirus beds. Sergei Sobyanin stressed that, given the rapid spread of the omicron strain, the load on the outpatient link could also increase dramatically.

“In order for polyclinics to cope with the increased workload, we have significantly increased the number of doctors on duty. They work every day, seven days a week. The necessary measures are being taken at polyclinics in order to maximally exclude the intersection of healthy patients and patients with symptoms of SARS and COVID-19,” he said.

If you have these symptoms and need medical attention, it is best to come to the clinic without an appointment and wait for the doctor on duty to see you. You will be received on the day of treatment, all the necessary procedures will be carried out and treatment will be prescribed.

“In addition, we do not yet know how dangerous the new strain is for the older generation. In order not to expose him to additional risk, I decided to extend the home regime for people over the age of 60 and chronically ill citizens until April 1, 2022,” the Moscow Mayor added.

In addition, until April 1, the requirement for employers to transfer at least 30 percent of employees to remote work will be extended. “This measure works well, reducing the density of people in public transport and office buildings. And it is obviously premature to refuse it. Moreover, where possible, I would ask that the maximum number of employees be telecommuted. We announce these decisions in advance so that citizens and businesses can adjust their plans in advance,” Sergei Sobyanin wrote.

Experts attribute the increase in the number of cases of coronavirus infection to the spread omicron-strain COVID-19. It was first detected in the capital on December 20, 2021, before that there was only the delta strain and its varieties.

City polyclinics switched to enhanced mode of operation — expanded the staff of doctors on duty to receive patients with symptoms of SARS. In addition, one of the most powerful laboratory systems in the world has been deployed in the capital; up to 70,000 PCR tests can be processed in the capital per day.

“We have a few tough weeks ahead of us. But we have coped with the previous waves of the pandemic. I am sure that we will cope with the omicron, ”said Sergei Sobyanin.

Now everyone must comply with sanitary requirements, use masks and keep a distance. It is especially important for citizens over 60 years of age and people with chronic diseases to observe the home regime and limit contacts. If you need to deliver food, medicines, animal feed, essential goods, you can contact the hotline of the social development complex for help at the phone number: +7 495 870-45-09. Calls are accepted daily from 08:00 to 21:00.

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

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