Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 222,574,000 with more than 4,596,000 deaths reported.
Russia has reported nearly seven million Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
This is the fifth-highest number of cases in the world.
Covid-19 deaths are also rising from under 400 daily deaths in June to over 700 daily deaths on average in August.
Cases in Russia began to spike in June driven by the highly contagious nature of the Delta variant.
Russia became the first country in the world to authorize a Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V.
However, the vaccine rollout has been slower than other European countries with less than 30% of the population fully vaccinated.
Vaccine hesitancy and lack of mitigation measures are the possible reasons for a high number of Covid-19 cases and deaths.
New Zealand has implemented a ‘zero-covid’ strategy from the start of the pandemic.
This strategy has worked very well in suppressing the Covid-19 outbreak.
The arrival of the highly infectious Delta variant in August was a concern, and it was feared that New Zealand might not be able to control the surge in daily new cases.
Other countries such as Australia and Vietnam adopted the same strategy but are struggling to control the Delta variant.
Daily new cases in New Zealand, which spiked in late August, have started to decline.
This suggests that New Zealand has been able to control this outbreak.
Vaccine rollout has been slow with less than 30% of the population fully vaccinated; however, New Zealand can afford a slow rollout of vaccines as it has demonstrated a very effective test and trace strategy in controlling the outbreak.
Bishal Bhandari, PhD, Senior Epidemiologist at GlobalData