A senior Russian health official on Wednesday ordered the country’s over-60s not to go out for four months, the BBC reports. The order, issued by the country’s Department of Health, covers cities, villages and regions across the country.
“After postponing inoculations until July 1, the number of people who were unvaccinated at that time rose and now they have exceeded over the limit,” said ministry official Tatyana Timoshkina. “That’s why we are giving them up.”
Now, Russia’s high population of elderly people, already struggling with the impact of the recent western sanctions, makes this decree all the more risky. The young women who came out in droves to defend the country’s national anthem at an official volleyball tournament, known as the Covid-19, have also been banned from taking to the court due to the health crisis in their country.
“Usually all young women wait to get married before getting pregnant, but the decline in our living standards and the decrease in the life expectancy have made them think about more rapid parenthood,” Timoshkina said.
According to Reuters, the total number of over-60s who lack the vaccine has tripled in the past year, but at the end of November, it still was below the agreed threshold by 80 percent. The government already has more than 25,000 Russians over the age of 60 who have the government-issued vaccination cards, only to be left unvaccinated.
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