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January 18, 2022, 17:05

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The proportion of the omicron strain in the structure of morbidity in Moscow is growing exponentially.

Due to the rapid spread of the omicron strain, the number of visits to Moscow polyclinics has doubled in the last week. Sergei Sobyanin at the meeting Coordinating Council under the Russian Government to Combat COVID-19. According to him, in the coming days, the number of outpatient patients will increase significantly.

“Obviously, the load on clinics will be simply colossal. Therefore, most doctors of the therapeutic service will be transferred to the system of doctors on duty to receive patients with acute respiratory viral infections and covid, in order to reduce the waiting time for an appointment and provide medical care and receive patients in a timely manner,” Sergei Sobyanin said.

In addition, network pharmacies will be instructed to ensure the availability of medicines needed for patients with coronavirus. The Mayor of Moscow noted that the number of calls to pharmacies is also increasing, as in previous waves.

He also supported the proposal to simplify the issuance of sick leave and enable people to close them without visiting the clinic. This will help reduce the flow of patients and unload local doctors. “It is clear that this situation is short-term, it cannot last for a long time, but nevertheless, during the peak period, this must be done,” Sergei Sobyanin said.

The mayor of Moscow said that the proportion of patients who have been diagnosed with the omicron strain is growing exponentially. At the same time, the number of cases of other strains of coronavirus is increasing: it doubled last week and is likely to increase this week as well. “Most likely, events will take place in such dynamics. Practice will show how many weeks this growth will continue, as long as growth persists in European cities for at least a month,” Sergey Sobyanin added.

Under such conditions, the load on the 122 hotline, clinic registries and call centers, which advise citizens on social support issues, increases significantly. “We had 3,000 communication channels on telephone 122 that week, now there are 4,000, by the end of the week there will be 6,000, and next week – 12,000. Accordingly, the number of operators will grow proportionally,” said the Mayor of Moscow. According to him, call centers work as a distribution hub that directs citizens to polyclinics and tells them what to do in case of illness.

At the same time, in the capital, patients with symptoms of SARS and a temperature of up to 38 degrees can seek medical help. without recording and without a preliminary call to line 122. They are received by the doctors on duty. Due to the spread of a new strain of COVID-19, all city clinics have switched to an enhanced mode of operation.

Until April 1 in Moscow extended requirement on the transfer of at least 30 percent of employees to remote work. Sergei Sobyanin also asked employers to transfer the maximum number of employees to remote work in order to reduce the number of contacts. Until April 1, the home regime is extended for people over the age of 60 and citizens with chronic diseases.

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

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