Moscow sees rise in Covid case and recommends wearing a mask

Cases of coronavirus have skyrocketed in Moscow, the capital of Russia, over the past week, health officials in the city said.

Most infections are due to Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5.

“During last week, there was a 57% increase in new cases of Covid-19 compared to the previous week,” Moscow’s social welfare service wrote in Telegram.

“The new Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 spread more rapidly from person to person, so it is advisable to wear a mask in public places.”

In recent weeks, coronavirus infections have increased again in European countries, primarily due to the same Omicron submutants.

On Monday, the European Union recommended a second vaccination for all people over the age of 60, as a “summer wave” of Covid infections is predicted. Previously recommended for people over 80 years old.

Since July 6, the Russian capital has registered 500-600 new cases daily, compared to less than 400 in the previous week.

This is still far from the highest value of more than 20,000 new cases per day recorded in Moscow in February this year.

Moscow was the center of the Russian pandemic. The waves that started in the capital spread rapidly throughout the vast country. Moscow sees rise in Covid case and recommends wearing a mask

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