Russia lifts remaining COVID restrictions

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Russia announced this on Friday. he lifted all restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19, including the requirement to wear masks, citing a steady decline in deaths from the virus.

However, the resumption of restrictive measures in case of deterioration of the situation is not ruled out.

Rospotrebnadzor said that they “suspend the previously introduced restrictions, including the mask regime, the ban on catering at night and a number of other measures.”

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It said the dynamics of the virus were in line with global trends, with 93% of confirmed cases being mild or asymptomatic.

Passengers walk along the platform of a metro station in Moscow, Russia.  8, 2021.

Passengers walk along the platform of a metro station in Moscow, Russia. 8, 2021.
(Reuters/Evgenia Novozhenina)

Since the beginning of the pandemic in Russia in April 2020, more than 800,000 people have died from coronavirus or causes. related to COVID-19More than 18 million infections have been reported in the country, Reuters estimates.

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Russia quickly developed and launched its Sputnik V vaccine when the pandemic hit, but implementation has been slow and many Russians cite distrust of authorities and fear of new medical products. About 52% of the population was fully vaccinated.