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A fraction more on Moscow – authorities in will make vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory for 60% of employees in the services sector, as coronavirus cases continued to tick up in the Russian capital.

Reuters note that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the coronavirus situation in the city was developing dramatically and urged people to get vaccinated in an effort to drive down hospitalisations and deaths.

A couple of quick bits from Russia. The official tally of Covid cases has risen again by 13,397. That includes 5,782 new cases in Moscow.

Regular readers will know that there are always some question marks around these numbers. The government coronavirus taskforce said 396 people had died of coronavirus-linked causes in the past 24 hours, pushing the national death toll to 127,576. However, the federal statistics agency has kept a separate count and puts the total number of deaths in Russia at over 270,000.

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