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Russia on Saturday announced a new daily record for coronavirus infections for the second day in a row, as the Kremlin warned of the risks associated with the highly contagious Omicron variant.
The most bereaved country in Europe by Covid-19, Russia has recorded 57,212 new cases, after having recorded 49,513 the day before, according to government figures.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned last week that his country had two weeks to prepare before being struck down by this variant, calling for accelerated testing and vaccination. The capital Moscow, epicenter of the epidemic in the country, also recorded a new record for the third day in a row, with 16,904 new cases.
The sale of self-tests in supermarkets, authorized since the beginning of January for a month, will be extended by two weeks, until February 15, according to a decree published on Saturday in the Official Journal.
“Considering that the retail authorization, on an exceptional basis, of self-tests outside pharmacies, has made it possible to meet the very high demand”, the executive judged that “the sustainability of the screening strategy , in a context of intense circulation of the Omicron variant (…) implies extending once the duration of this derogation by fifteen days, i.e. until February 15, 2022”, underlines the decree.
The authorization, announced at the end of December, had angered pharmacists who had until then had a monopoly on the sale of self-tests. In particular, they accused supermarkets of being responsible for stock shortages in certain pharmacies.
Carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, scheduled for late February, have been postponed until April due to the new wave of Covid-19, authorities said on Friday. The new scheduled date is April 21, which marks the start of a long holiday weekend.
“The town halls of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo have decided to postpone the parades of the samba schools” at the end of April, “due to the current situation of the pandemic in Brazil and the need to preserve lives”, announced in a statement from the authorities of the two largest Brazilian cities.
The decision to postpone the sambadrome parades in Rio, which attract tourists from around the world, as well as those in Sao Paulo, was announced after a virtual meeting between mayors, their health secretaries and representatives of samba schools in the two states.