The day before, there was a meeting of Anna Popova, Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor), and Gleb Nikitin, Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, during which she said that Russia may face the growth of COVID-19 cases.
New varieties of coronavirus infection appear, but the disease is not as severe as previously observed, she said.
According to Popova, cited by RIA Novosti, the new subvariants of the Omicron strain, currently registered in Moscow, do not cause a severe course of the disease, which does not lead to an increase in hospitalizations. However, as the Head of Rospotrebnadzor said during the working meeting, regional authorities must be prepared for any variant of the epidemiological situation in the field.
The Nizhny Novgorod Region is well prepared for possible changes in the epidemiological situation on its territory, which is the result, according to Izvestia, of “well-coordinated work of the previous two years.”
Earlier, on June 13, experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) appealed to all countries of the world to return the general requirement to the mask regime. The Head of the WHO Tedros Adanom Gebriessus is concerned that the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in the world is growing, which increases the burden on both healthcare workers and healthcare systems in general in various countries around the world.
According to Rospotrebnadzor, last week there was an increase in the incidence of the novel coronavirus infection in Russia. During the 27th week of this year there were 22,638 cases of COVID-19, which, according to Izvestia, is more than 8% more than the number of cases recorded the previous week. However, as specified by the agency, Russia is not currently planning to introduce restrictive measures. At the same time, vulnerable and high risk groups have been recommended to use face masks and antiseptic agents when visiting public places.
According to Healthcare Minister Mikhail Murashko, some countries are now experiencing a “serious rise in the incidence” of COVID-19, while the situation is still calm in Russia. However, he believes that vaccination and revaccination of the population should not be canceled. Doctors recommend vaccinating against the novel coronavirus infection once every six months.
Currently, there are seven domestic vaccines against coronavirus infection in Russia for different categories of the population. As is known, the Russian Sputnik V was the first vaccine against COVID-19 in the world. In addition, domestic scientists have developed other vaccines such as EpiVacCorona-N, Sputnik Lite, CoviVac, EpiVacCorona, Sputnik M, and Convasel, which have been successfully registered.
According to the media, during the meeting in Nizhny Novgorod the activities of the Sanitary Shield federal pilot project, which is being implemented in the region, were also discussed. Governor Gleb Nikitin said that a modern laboratory to be equipped with up-to-date equipment would be created in the Nizhny Novgorod Region. It will help fight different epidemiologic threats more effectively. Nikitin noted that the regional administration will do everything necessary to implement this project quickly and in full.
RIA Novosti reports that 4,238 new COVID-19 cases have been detected in Russia in the past 24 hours. This figure for the first time since July 4, as reported in the operational headquarters, exceeded the number of registered cases, when the disease was confirmed in 4,101 people.