The Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) has lifted all restrictive measures, imposed in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, due to improvement in the epidemiological situation.
According to Rospotrebnadzor, the intensity of the epidemiological process associated with COVID-19 has been steadily declining in Russia over the past four months. The weekly incidence rate is at its lowest since the beginning of the pandemic, having fallen by more than 64 times, from 907.6 cases in mid-February to 14.6 cases at present.
Since March 1, Russia has already eased restrictions for various sectors of the economy and lifted a number of anti-epidemiological measures in some social institutions. Given the dynamics of change in the pandemic situation, the lifting of restrictions in Russia proceeded in stages.
Rospotrebnadzor emphasized that there is a steady decrease in morbidity in all age groups, and almost all cases of infection with the novel coronavirus (93%) were mild or asymptomatic. Pandemic dynamics in Russia are consistent with general global trends, so a significant increase in morbidity caused by the omicron strain is unlikely in the summer months.
The department said that due to the “continuing decline in intensity” of the epidemiological process, Rospotrebnadzor is “suspending” previously imposed restrictions, including a masking regime, a ban on nighttime catering, and a variety of other measures. “However, if the situation related to COVID-19 worsens, the restrictive measures may be resumed,” the watchdog agency said.
During the briefing in Geneva on June 28, Tedros Adanom Gebreisus, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said that the incidence of coronavirus “continues to increase” in 110 countries. According to him, this is caused by the spread of subspecies VA.4 and VA.5 omicron strain.
Nevertheless, as Roman Deyev, Head of the department of pathological anatomy at the Mechnikov Northwestern State Medical University, said, “positive dynamics” are observed in most regions of the planet. He believes that the breakthrough occurred in early February 2022.
In the world, a total of more than 500 million people have been infected with COVID-19, more than 6 million people have died, and about 12 billion doses of various vaccines have been administered.
As for Russia, the situation remains under strict control of Rospotrebnadzor, and measures for timely detection of the disease and monitoring of the epidemiological process remain in place. The vaccination campaign in Russia continues. There are seven COVID-19 vaccines registered, and citizens are vaccinated free of charge.