Expert Says COVID Situation in Russia Rather Serious across All the Regions


According to Alexander Gorelov, Deputy Director of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing, the coronavirus situation is rather serious  in practically all areas of Russia (Rospotrebnadzor).

“The situation is currently rather bad in nearly all regions of the Russian Federation,” he added.

Gorelov said that his findings are based on the coronavirus spread index, which is now more than one.

“It would be preferable to have it at 0.7 throughout the summer, but it remains above 1,” he added.

Over 184.2 million individuals have caught the disease globally  since the outbreak began, and over 4 million have died as a result of it. Official data show that 5,658,672 cases were reported in Russia, with 5,101,852 recoveries and 139,316 fatalities.

To stop the epidemic, at least 95 percent of Russians must have immunity to the novel coronavirus infection, both after COVID-19 and after vaccination, according to Vladimir Nikoforov, the Russian Federal Medical Biological Agency’s chief specialist in infectious diseases and the Pirogov Medical University’s chair in infectious diseases.

“It is widely assumed that the amount required to halt the epidemic process is between 70 and 80 percent.” In other words, if you and I are protected and come into contact with a sick individual, there is no one to infect.  The epidemic process begins to slow, but it does not reach a halt.

To stop the pandemic, at least 95 percent of the population must be vaccinated or have antibodies after the sickness, or both,” he stated in an interview with the Solovyov Live YouTube channel.

According to Nikiforov, such an event occurred just once in history, when the smallpox virus was eradicated.

Tatiana Golikova, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, had stated that herd immunity to the new coronavirus infection should be at least 80 percent of the adult population.