Infection with the Omicron variant could trigger up to a six-fold increase in COVID-19 cases

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Russian authorities on Tuesday issued warnings of an impending wave of coronavirus infections due to the highly contagious variant of Omicron, but have yet to announce any new activity restrictions in a country that previously had several restrictions related to COVID-19.

Russia has the highest ever toll from the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe with over 317,000 deaths. The warning on Tuesday 11/1 comes just days after the number of new cases and deaths from the coronavirus began to decline after being hit by the previous wave.

Anna Popova, head of the Russian Institute for Citizens’ Health (Rospotrebnadzor), said: Associated press The pessimistic forecast suggests that Russia could face six-digit new cases per day. Popova, who examined 35 of Russia’s 80 regions and now has above-average cases in the country, added that experts are already seeing signs of worsening the situation.

Russia reported 15,000 to 18,000 new cases per day this year. This number is still lower than the nearly 30,000 new daily cases recorded in December. The COVID-19 task force in Russia confirmed more than 10.6 million cases of infection, with the death toll reaching 317,618.

Using broader counting criteria, the Russian Statistical Institute puts the death rate higher, saying that between April 2020 and October 2021 the death toll from COVID-19 was more than 625,000.

Despite this warning, no new restrictions have been announced to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. [em/jm]

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