The low vaccination rate is making it difficult for countries like Russia, Romania and Bulgaria, which are starting to talk about restrictions and lockdowns again. All the details
In Russia and Romania the night curfew returns and in Bulgaria the situation is so dramatic that soon Covid patients may have to send abroad due to the new wave and the possible collapse of the hospital system. Here’s what’s going on. THE NUMBERS IN RUSSIA RISE
According to data released by the Tass agency, in Russia the health authorities have registered 37,930 new cases of Covid. The number of so-called active cases, i.e. for which patients receive medical treatment, has increased significantly, reaching 845,122. The number of victims also remains high, with 1,072 deaths in the last 24 hours.
“The situation in Moscow is developing according to the worst-case scenario,” said the mayor of the capital, Serghei Sobyanin. THE STOP DECIDED BY PUTIN
To counter the advance of the pandemic, President Vladimir Putin has declared the stop to nightlife. Restaurants and clubs will have to close between 11pm and 6am and all non-essential activities will be closed from 30 October to 7 November. BLACK VACCINATION JERSEY
In Russia, just one third of the population has been immunized since the first national vaccine, Sputnik V, was introduced in December 2020. Only 49.1 million people have completed the vaccination course, or one in three of the 146 million inhabitants.
Putin, as stated in The Moscow Times, has also launched a new appeal: “There are only two ways to overcome this period, get sick or receive a vaccine and it is better to receive the vaccine: why wait for the disease and its serious consequences
For please be responsible and take the necessary measures to protect yourself, your health and your loved ones ”. THE DATA OF ROMANIA
One death every five minutes, wrote AdnKronos on October 20, quoting the Romanian media. In the single day of last Tuesday there were 18,863 new cases and 574 deaths. On the other hand, 1,805 people were hospitalized in intensive care units and 480 out of the total number of patients were minors.
Hospitals are starting to be in trouble, so much so that six patients have been transported to Lodz, Poland, for treatment. NEW STRICT
In order to contain the high number of infections and deaths, Reuters writes, from today in Romania new restrictions come into force for 30 days. Night curfew, early closures of shops and restaurants, closed schools (except crèches) for two weeks and compulsory health pass for most public spaces, with the exception of grocery stores and pharmacies.
The protective mask becomes mandatory both indoors and outdoors. Private events such as weddings and baptisms are prohibited, as are concerts and outdoor performances. The government is also urging employers to send meta staff to smartworking. The measures had already been adopted in the main cities but now the interim government has extended them to the whole country. CAUSES
Romania is the penultimate country of the European Union by vaccination rate. “We are in a dire situation,” Deputy Interior Minister Raed Arafat said Friday. “We have seen other countries go through this when there was no weapon available, namely the vaccine.”
“We are in this situation – he added – despite having the vaccine, because most of us refused to be vaccinated. This situation could have been avoided ”.
Between the distrust of state institutions and the disinformation campaigns, only just over a third of the adult population is fully vaccinated in Romania. In the face of the current situation, however, vaccinations have increased this week. On Friday, the news agency writes, more than 86,000 people received their first dose of the vaccine, a record for just one day in the country. HOSPITALS TO COLLAPSE IN BULGARIA
If Romania has already started sending its Covid patients to other countries, The Sofia Globe announces that Bulgaria is preparing to do so too. Fourth wave and a collapsing hospital system are putting the country to the test.
“Our staffing and ventilator capacity is nearly exhausted”, health minister Stoicho Katsarov warned, “if the infection curve does not decrease in 10-15 days, we will have to seek help abroad. Talks are underway with the EU to transfer patients to other countries “. MEASURES
Katsarov also warned that the lockdown cannot be ruled out. Despite the introduction of a health pass for places like restaurants and malls, experts say the current surge could lead to infections that could jump from 5,000 to 9,000 per day within two weeks.
Bulgaria, the poorest state in the EU, according to Our World in Data, has so far recorded one of the highest death rates in the world, with a total of nearly 23,000 deaths. INSTABILITY AND FAKE NEWS
Over the past year, the country has faced a protracted political crisis alongside the pandemic, with this year’s third parliamentary elections scheduled for next month. Like neighboring Romania, Bulgaria also has a very low vaccination rate due to the spread of conspiracy theories and mistrust of the authorities. Only 24% of Bulgarians have been fully vaccinated.

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