Russian authorities are using the coronas pandemic to push a new kind of public health strategy in a country where public health officials say a lack of vaccines has led to a rise in infections.
In a bid to keep people from spreading the virus, the authorities have declared public holidays and extended vaccination hours, with some health authorities saying they have no choice but to limit their staffs’ travel and activities.
The coronaviruses first hit Russia in February, causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.
A new coronaviral pandemic has hit other parts of the world, with the virus making its way to Japan, Australia and South Korea.
A report by the World Health Organization said last week that Russia has suffered more than 4 million cases, but authorities say the actual number is closer to 7.5 million.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the number is probably higher.
The new coronas virus has spread to more than 60 countries.
In addition to the Russian government, Russia’s health ministry is overseeing efforts to spread vaccines.
It has said it has received more than 100,000 doses of vaccines, but that it needs more testing to ensure they are safe and effective.
Russia has said the pandemic is not linked to the coronajets, but the WHO says coronavirinas virus is a “disturbing” new strain that has been circulating in Russia since late February.