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Moscow's mayor has ordered unvaccinated people over 60 and those with chronic illnesses to stay at home, as Russia struggles with record Covid-19 deaths and infections.

Sergei Sobyanin said the restrictions would last four months, starting on Monday. Those affected will only be allowed to leave home to take exercise.

Officials blame the low vaccination rate and more infectious Delta variant.

Romania, Ukraine and Latvia also have record Covid cases now.

The Russian government has proposed a week-long workplace shutdown, from 30 October to 7 November, in the hope of curbing the new surge in infections. Many hospitals are now struggling to cope with the influx of Covid patients.

The official death toll from Covid on Tuesday was 1,015 – a new record. Saturday's toll went above 1,000 for the first time in Russia's pandemic. The number of new cases on Tuesday was 33,740.

In Russia, 35% of the population of more than 140 million people has had at least one jab against Covid – a lower rate than in most of Europe.

The authorities blame widespread suspicion of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine for the low rate, but there have also been production delays.

Businesses in Moscow will have to let at least 30% of their staff work from home during the four-month period of restrictions announced by Mayor Sobyanin.

On his blog, he wrote angrily that out of three million Muscovites aged 60 and above, just 1.14 million had been vaccinated: "As a result, today 60% of Covid patients in intensive care are over-60 Muscovites," he said.

Elsewhere in Europe:

  • Romania has reported its worst Covid death figures so far: 574 in a day. Just over one-third of adults in Romania have been fully vaccinated – well below the average rate in the EU
  • Latvia is introducing a strict lockdown lasting nearly a month, from this Thursday to 15 November, to tackle a Covid surge which has made its death rate among the highest in the EU. Its total of confirmed new cases last week was 49% higher than the week before
  • In Ukraine, the daily death toll rose to a record 538 on Tuesday, and daily new infections have gone above 16,000, stretching hospital emergency wards to breaking point.

Latvia's Baltic neighbours Estonia and Lithuania also have Covid infection rates among the highest in the EU.

More than 225,000 people have died from Covid in Russia, according to official figures – the highest toll in Europe.

More on the pandemic:

  • How Russia glosses over its Covid death toll
  • What do we know about the world's Covid vaccines?
  • Why are UK Covid cases so high?
  • How Russia's Sputnik V vaccine has divided Europe


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Location

Doses per 100 people

Total doses

World

84.8

6,674,360,229

China

154.3

2,241,729,648

India

70.1

976,344,696

US

121.4

408,265,959

Brazil

120.5

257,801,055

Japan

143.0

180,219,121

Indonesia

61.6

170,235,796

Turkey

134.0

113,971,512

Mexico

86.0

112,011,828

Germany

131.0

109,892,041

Russia

67.6

98,585,601

France

143.5

96,920,975

UK

138.9

94,756,683

Pakistan

41.5

93,551,193

Italy

145.1

87,580,232

South Korea

140.6

72,122,213

Spain

151.8

70,982,052

Iran

75.7

64,401,471

Thailand

90.9

63,614,352

Vietnam

63.1

61,919,937

Canada

151.3

57,607,434

Bangladesh

33.9

56,317,857

Argentina

121.9

55,605,668

Philippines

47.1

52,303,905

Malaysia

146.0

47,838,886

Saudi Arabia

126.3

44,652,849

Colombia

86.1

44,137,117

Morocco

118.0

44,069,544

Poland

101.3

38,280,933

Chile

177.6

34,128,477

Australia

126.6

32,653,925

Peru

94.5

31,521,965

Sri Lanka

128.1

27,545,979

Cambodia

154.8

26,235,936

Cuba

213.5

24,162,094

Netherlands

138.6

23,793,422

Uzbekistan

67.0

22,721,000

Ecuador

119.3

21,346,159

United Arab Emirates

207.0

20,676,621

Egypt

19.3

20,154,366

South Africa

33.1

19,899,964

Taiwan

83.1

19,825,683

Belgium

143.9

16,741,664

Venezuela

56.2

16,127,242

Portugal

158.4

16,104,710

Israel

179.2

15,751,907

Kazakhstan

79.7

15,137,851

Nepal

50.1

14,857,561

Ukraine

33.2

14,446,255

Sweden

139.2

14,142,963

Algeria

31.6

14,082,920

Dominican Republic

113.9

12,472,126

Greece

119.5

12,394,549

Myanmar

22.4

12,263,702

Hungary

125.7

12,111,107

Czech Republic

111.0

11,908,803

Austria

124.1

11,218,245

Romania

58.2

11,134,093

Switzerland

123.7

10,778,679

Singapore

167.1

9,852,025

Azerbaijan

89.9

9,194,432

Denmark

151.6

8,813,691

Tunisia

72.2

8,620,009

Iraq

19.9

8,187,299

El Salvador

124.9

8,141,990

Guatemala

44.0

8,036,610

Finland

142.4

7,903,147

Norway

144.5

7,895,768

Turkmenistan

123.9

7,580,976

Nigeria

3.5

7,478,203

Ireland

145.9

7,271,200

Jordan

70.5

7,238,510

Bolivia

58.6

6,931,689

Serbia

96.7

6,678,484

Uruguay

185.8

6,475,849

New Zealand

130.5

6,344,212

Honduras

60.2

6,058,428

Costa Rica

115.2

5,921,089

Zimbabwe

37.8

5,701,675

Panama

121.8

5,334,965

Oman

100.6

5,254,466

Paraguay

68.2

4,926,677

Qatar

163.5

4,790,350

Slovakia

87.0

4,752,324

Rwanda

35.0

4,646,977

Tajikistan

46.4

4,525,937

Kenya

8.2

4,500,179

Angola

13.1

4,448,653

Laos

59.7

4,402,770

Mongolia

131.9

4,389,824

Belarus

44.7

4,218,130

Ethiopia

3.4

3,955,493

Mozambique

11.4

3,677,063

Croatia

86.2

3,520,008

Lithuania

123.0

3,309,016

Lebanon

45.9

3,108,749

Uganda

5.9

2,793,657

Bahrain

154.9

2,708,159

Bulgaria

38.1

2,628,498

Ivory Coast

9.5

2,578,266

Kuwait

54.9

2,375,455

Afghanistan

5.9

2,369,625

Palestinian Territories

44.1

2,301,812

Slovenia

106.0

2,204,210

Ghana

6.9

2,189,552

Guinea

14.9

2,010,423

Georgia

47.7

1,899,938

Senegal

10.7

1,836,019

Albania

63.2

1,816,580

Latvia

95.1

1,776,171

Libya

25.0

1,739,046

Mauritius

134.6

1,713,794

Kyrgyzstan

24.1

1,597,895

North Macedonia

74.8

1,557,028

Sudan

3.3

1,499,982

Kosovo

83.9

1,489,678

Moldova

36.2

1,457,475

Estonia

105.6

1,399,832

Mauritania

27.2

1,298,995

Bosnia and Herzegovina

38.1

1,242,203

Togo

14.3

1,215,025

Cyprus

133.2

1,193,859

Trinidad and Tobago

83.8

1,176,398

Malawi

5.8

1,134,986

Fiji

120.8

1,090,963

Bhutan

139.5

1,087,753

Nicaragua

14.9

999,990

Syria

4.9

902,519

Tanzania

1.4

885,579

Jamaica

28.9

860,482

Malta

165.6

852,233

Zambia

4.5

843,347

Timor-Leste

60.3

810,855

Luxembourg

125.9

799,074

Botswana

32.7

783,999

Maldives

136.7

742,929

Niger

2.6

646,086

Somalia

3.7

599,715

Guyana

75.5

596,526

Mali

2.8

584,773

Brunei

127.7

563,695

Iceland

163.8

562,426

Armenia

17.3

514,241

Montenegro

77.0

483,790

Namibia

18.6

482,387

Cameroon

1.8

479,521

Cape Verde

82.0

460,484

Suriname

71.9

425,614

Equatorial Guinea

28.6

414,506

Congo

7.0

398,685

Lesotho

17.8

383,341

Madagascar

1.3

381,633

Comoros

40.6

360,675

Sierra Leone

4.4

359,091

Yemen

1.2

356,173

Belize

85.1

344,463

Burkina Faso

1.4

297,231

Eswatini

22.7

266,056

Barbados

89.8

258,231

Central African Republic

5.2

255,345

Benin

2.0

252,698

Bahamas

60.1

238,432

Gambia

8.4

208,379

Gabon

9.1

206,373

Papua New Guinea

2.1

194,962

Chad

1.1

183,351

Samoa

86.1

172,316

Jersey

159.5

161,258

Seychelles

150.0

148,402

Solomon Islands

20.2

141,920

DR Congo

0.2

140,254

Isle of Man

151.7

129,525

Guinea-Bissau

6.0

120,641

South Sudan

1.0

115,650

Cayman Islands

165.3

109,919

Sao Tome and Principe

46.0

102,791

Guernsey

152.6

102,340

Andorra

131.9

102,032

Antigua and Barbuda

101.1

99,846

Haiti

0.8

96,073

Liberia

1.8

93,617

Djibouti

9.2

92,097

Bermuda

142.4

88,417

Vanuatu

27.9

87,583

Saint Lucia

47.0

86,700

Gibraltar

243.3

81,966

Greenland

134.8

76,637

Faroe Islands

154.7

75,867

Tonga

69.8

74,503

Grenada

54.9

62,095

Turks and Caicos Islands

138.7

54,417

Kiribati

42.4

51,428

Monaco

126.5

49,980

Saint Kitts and Nevis

92.1

49,318

Dominica

67.7

48,830

San Marino

139.1

47,302

Liechtenstein

123.4

47,202

St Vincent and the Grenadines

33.6

37,377

British Virgin Islands

108.7

33,075

Cook Islands

128.2

22,536

Anguilla

123.7

18,705

Nauru

136.7

14,863

Tuvalu

91.1

10,861

Saint Helena

129.5

7,892

Falkland Islands

124.9

4,407

Montserrat

58.4

2,911

Niue

145.7

2,352

Tokelau

141.5

1,936

Pitcairn

200.0

94

British Indian Ocean Territory

0

0

Burundi

0

0

Eritrea

0

0

North Korea

0

0

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

0

0

Vatican

0

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Russia has not been slow in developing vaccines. Its Sputnik V was rolled out quickly last year and it has approved three others. But it appears to have failed to convince many at home they are either necessary or reliable.

It has had more success selling Sputnik V around the world. But although the vaccine was made available for other countries quickly, it also ran into delivery issues, with some nations unable to get their doses on time. It has yet to be approved by the World Health Organization.