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January 26, 2022, 17:11

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Photo by D. Grishkin. Press Service of the Mayor and the Government of Moscow

In total, Moscow now has 42 percent of the available beds for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 – seven thousand beds.

Due to the rapid increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19, the number of hospitalizations will also increase, so the city is ready to quickly open spare capacities if necessary. In addition, due to the increase in hospitalizations of children with COVID-19 in Moscow, the number of beds in children’s hospitals will be expanded. This was reported Anastasia Rakova, Head of the Operational Headquarters for Controlling and Monitoring the Situation with Coronavirus in Moscow, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Development.

“The situation with an increase in the incidence does not allow us to relax in terms of mobilizing inpatient medical care. Despite the fact that today we have 7,000 beds available, which is 42 percent of the bed fund deployed for COVID-19, we understand that the number of hospitalizations will grow. Yes, not at the same rate as the incidence is growing, but in any case it will grow. And we are ready for it. In addition to the seven thousand beds that have already been deployed, we have a large supply of temporary bed capacity, which we will open at any time, if necessary,” the deputy mayor specified.

According to her, in Moscow there is an increase in the incidence of coronavirus among children.

“The Omicron strain, unlike other strains, adapts well to children. Children began to get sick much more often than with previous strains. If earlier we recorded isolated cases of hospitalization, now we record a significant number of children who are hospitalized every day. Yesterday, 132 children were hospitalized. All this requires an increase in the bed capacity of children’s covid hospitals. To date, 680 beds have been deployed, tomorrow an additional building for 320 beds in the first infectious diseases hospital will start working, next week we will open a building in the Speransky hospital of about the same capacity, ”said Anastasia Rakova.

The Sputnik M vaccine against COVID-19 for adolescents aged 12 to 17 has been registered, and the first batch has already arrived in the capital. Vaccination points will open in the coming days. Anyone can register and vaccinate children. Vaccination is exclusively voluntary, at the request of parents and adolescents themselves.

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