Russia Extends COVID Restrictions Until 2024, Sees ‘No End In Sight’ To Pandemic

FILE PHOTO. A medical worker and a patient in the intensive care unit of the COVID hospital, opened six months ago on the basis of the Regional Clinical Hospital No. 1 in Krasnodar. © RIA / Vitaly Timkiv


Russia’s decision to extend the country’s Covid-19 prevention measures until 2024 was made because the authorities see ‘no end in sight’ to the pandemic, which is currently killing more than 1,000 people per day there.

That’s according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who also noted that the measures could be canceled early if the epidemiological situation changes significantly.

“At first, we thought the pandemic would end in six months to a year, but now we see that we were wrong in our calculations,” Peskov told reporters on Wednesday. “We are about to reach two years into the pandemic, and so far, there is no end in sight.”

According to Peskov, the virus is currently surging throughout Europe, so it is essential to keep measures in place. However, “it is always possible” to cancel them if the pandemic “goes away,” he explained.

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