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October 8, 2021

GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Fast rising Covid infections ‘worrisome’ in Russia

By Paul Dennis

8 October

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 236,854,000, with more than 4,836,000 deaths reported.

With over 7,575,000 cases since the start of the pandemic, Russia is fifth in the world for total confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Daily confirmed cases have been on the rise during the past week, with cases averaging over 25,000 per day, an approximately 30% increase compared to the beginning of September.

Daily confirmed deaths are also increasing and exceeded 920 on 6 October.

These trends are worrisome but not unexpected, due to Russia’s low vaccination rate and the presence of the infectious Delta variant.

To curb the spread of the virus, regions have reimposed local restrictions, but the Kremlin has not reinstated any nationwide measures, instead focusing on encouraging people to get vaccinated.

About 30% of Russia is fully inoculated against Covid-19.

Although increasing vaccine coverage is key to prevent future outbreaks, vaccine skepticism is high in the country, including fears over side effects and the speed at which the vaccines were produced.

South America, one of the hardest hit continents during the pandemic, is getting a reprieve from Covid-19.

Daily confirmed cases and deaths have been dropping in countries like Brazil, which remains third worldwide for total confirmed cases.

Although confirmed cases in Brazil average around 16,000 per day, this is an over 80% drop compared to June and July.

Overall, 45% of the country’s population is fully vaccinated, and in some cities like Rio de Janeiro, 99% of eligible adults have received a shot.

In Chile and Uruguay, over 75% are fully vaccinated.

As South America has used vaccines to combat yellow fever and other diseases, vaccine hesitancy is not as much of an issue there compared to some other parts of the world.

Shaina Stacy, PhD, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist at GlobalData

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