Saint Petersburg Posts Record Covid Toll Following Euro 2020

Russia’s Euro 2020 host Saint Petersburg on Saturday reported the country’s highest daily Covid-19 toll for a city since the start of the pandemic, data showed.

Official figures said the city, which has already hosted six Euro 2020 matches and is due to host a quarter-final on Friday, recorded 107 virus deaths over the last 24 hours. 

Russian news agencies said this was the highest toll of any Russian city since the start of the pandemic.

Saint Petersburg was where dozens of Finland supporters caught coronavirus after they traveled to the city for their team’s defeat against Belgium.

Russia has seen an explosion of new coronavirus cases since mid-June driven by the highly infectious Delta variant first identified in India. 

The nation as a whole reported 21,665 new infections on Saturday, the highest daily figure since January.

The dramatic rise in infections come as officials in Moscow are pushing vaccine-skeptical Russians to get inoculated, after lifting most anti-virus restrictions late last year.

“To stop the pandemic, one thing is needed: rapid, large-scale vaccinations. Nobody has invented any other solution,” Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin told state-run television on Saturday.

“To fundamentally solve this problem, you need to be vaccinated or go to a lockdown,” he was cited as saying by the RIA Novosti news agency.

Russia also reported 619 new coronavirus deaths on Saturday—the highest daily toll since December—bringing the total to 132,683 fatalities since the pandemic began.

But officials in the sixth-worst hit country the world—and the hardest in Europe—have been accused of downplaying the severity of the outbreak in the country.

Under a broader definition for deaths linked to coronavirus, statistics agency Rosstat at the end of April said that Russia has seen at least 270,000 fatalities since the pandemic began.

Just 21.2 million out of a population of about 146 million had received at least one dose of a vaccine as of Friday, according to the Gogov website, which tallies Covid figures from the regions and the media.

(c) The Moscow Times

9 comments

  • “Official figures said the city, which has already hosted six Euro 2020 matches and is due to host a quarter-final on Friday, recorded 107 virus deaths over the last 24 hours.

    Russian news agencies said this was the highest toll of any Russian city since the start of the pandemic.

    Saint Petersburg was where dozens of Finland supporters caught coronavirus after they traveled to the city for their team’s defeat against Belgium.”

    A few days ago, the Gazprom run EUFA started issuing threats to the UK about pulling matches out of Wembley if it’s officials had to go through quarantine restrictions in place in the UK. I haven’t heard if the UK have caved in to EUFA demands, or stuck by their guns. Which brings me to this article, not a word out of the Gazprom run EUFA about pulling matches from this virus riddled shithole. Fans are going to St Petersburg, then spreading this virus all over Europe when they return home. Russia must not be allowed to host any more games in this tournament.

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  • We should donate millions of doses of Moderna and Pfizer since Russians don’t trust Sputnik,

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    • Ukraine is helping to immunize the occupied eastern areas for now. What will be interesting is when Ukraine has a surplus of vaccines and the Russians run to Ukraine instead of being required to take Putin’s fake vaccine. He will never buy the two you mentioned so the people will wait and leave the country for them. Putin will be embarrassed….right before the elections too. Well, that’s my prediction, lol.

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      • The problem in Ukraine, the only vaccine readily available is the Chinese one. The Pfizer one is in Ukraine, but limited to public officials, teachers, and politicians of course.

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        • Yes but here in the US we are about finished and there are still upwards of a billion being created for distribution abroad and Ukraine is on the priority list that I saw. Of course there’s also the possibility Bidenov could freeze that idea and help Putin like he froze the military aid, 2 warships going to the Black Sea,, froze sanctions on NS2…

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        • I doubt any ‘vaccines’ will do any good. Look at the UK. They give ZERO protection against mutated viruses.

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