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Putin asks military to build medical facilities amid Covid chaos

Deaths have gone above 1,000 per day
HANDOUT - 01 November 2021, Russia, Sochi: Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with Defence Ministry officers and heads of defence industry enterprises in the Bocharov Ruchei residence. Photo: -/Kremlin/dpa - ATTENTION: editorial use only and only if the credit mentioned above is referenced in full.
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with Defence Ministry officers and heads of defence industry enterprises. Photo: Kremlin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on the military to build more medical facilities for the rapidly growing number of Covid-19 patients.

The additional facilities should relieve the burden on the health system, Putin said at a meeting with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Monday.

The number of new coronavirus infections is now exceeding 40,000 per day. Deaths have gone above 1,000 per day.

Experts suspect, however, that the numbers are in fact much higher.

"There has never been anything like this before," Putin said.

Due to the sharp rise in infections, workers across Russia are being told to stay home until November 7. The capital Moscow and other regions are also under a partial lockdown. Most shops are closed, but supermarkets and pharmacies are still open.

Low vaccination rate

The Russian leadership keeps calling on people to get vaccinated. However, only around 30% of the population has received the jab.

While foreign vaccines are not approved in Russia, the country has developed five of its own.

However, many Russians do not trust the domestic vaccines, which have not yet been approved by the World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency.

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