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Image caption, Most of the patients being treated for Covid in Vologda's Hospital 1 were not vaccinated

Near the darkened entrance of Hospital Number One in the city of Vologda in Russia's north-west, an ambulance crew delivers yet another Covid patient, an elderly man struggling to breathe and barely alive.

Inside the hospital, the wards are teeming with the sick and the dying. Doctors here say out of 750 patients currently in the hospital with Covid, 700 of them had not been vaccinated.

Lives are being lost here in this region every day and this is just one of Russia's many regions.

The Covid pandemic which began in March 2020 has hit Russia particularly hard and it is now facing a virulent fourth wave of the virus.

More than 1,000 people are dying each day across the country, with a total of more than 220,000 deaths so far. These are record numbers for Russia, making it the worst-hit in Europe.


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Country

Deaths

Death rate*

Total Cases

New Cases

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10
100
1k
10k

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US

720,810

219.6

44,725,619

Brazil

603,282

285.8

21,644,464

India

452,290

33.1

34,081,315

Mexico

284,381

222.9

3,757,056

Russia

219,342

151.9

7,870,529

Peru

199,816

614.6

2,189,165

Indonesia

142,952

52.8

4,234,758

UK

138,584

207.4

8,449,165

Italy

131,541

218.2

4,717,899

Colombia

126,865

252.0

4,981,532

Iran

124,075

149.6

5,784,815

France

117,241

174.8

7,089,052

Argentina

115,666

257.4

5,272,551

Germany

94,632

113.8

4,382,019

South Africa

88,612

151.3

2,916,593

Spain

86,974

184.7

4,984,386

Poland

76,112

200.4

2,939,590

Turkey

67,437

80.8

7,630,133

Ukraine

64,780

145.9

2,766,852

Romania

41,781

215.8

1,457,260

Philippines

40,675

37.6

2,720,368

Chile

37,609

198.4

1,670,750

Ecuador

32,899

189.4

513,026

Czech Republic

30,554

286.4

1,709,716

Hungary

30,351

310.7

833,115

Canada

28,545

75.9

1,687,883

Pakistan

28,280

13.1

1,265,047

Malaysia

27,921

87.4

2,390,687

Bangladesh

27,768

17.0

1,565,488

Belgium

25,747

224.2

1,279,869

Tunisia

25,098

214.6

710,906

Iraq

22,756

57.9

2,035,453

Bulgaria

22,274

319.3

540,619

Vietnam

21,194

22.0

864,053

Bolivia

18,834

163.6

506,654

Myanmar

18,359

34.0

487,853

Thailand

18,273

26.2

1,783,701

Netherlands

18,248

105.3

2,047,711

Japan

18,112

14.3

1,715,546

Portugal

18,097

176.2

1,079,806

Egypt

17,970

17.9

318,456

Kazakhstan

16,618

89.8

996,141

Paraguay

16,209

230.1

460,322

Greece

15,375

143.5

693,886

Sweden

14,956

145.4

1,161,933

Morocco

14,544

39.9

942,132

Guatemala

14,330

86.3

588,069

Sri Lanka

13,484

61.8

531,648

Slovakia

12,846

235.5

437,385

Nepal

11,284

39.4

805,037

Austria

11,167

125.8

775,782

Switzerland

11,156

130.1

854,591

Bosnia and Herzegovina

11,110

336.6

243,914

Jordan

10,879

107.7

841,489

Honduras

10,096

103.6

372,179

Georgia

9,468

254.5

662,334

Serbia

9,105

131.1

1,048,835

Croatia

8,896

218.7

427,914

Saudi Arabia

8,763

25.6

547,931

Lebanon

8,425

122.9

633,909

Cuba

8,058

71.1

934,965

Israel

7,999

88.4

1,316,317

Panama

7,291

171.7

470,264

Afghanistan

7,243

19.0

155,764

Moldova

7,241

272.5

316,529

North Macedonia

6,940

333.1

197,091

Costa Rica

6,797

134.7

551,144

Azerbaijan

6,765

67.5

502,207

Ethiopia

6,217

5.5

359,247

Uruguay

6,069

175.3

391,044

Algeria

5,872

13.6

205,286

Armenia

5,778

195.4

281,991

Lithuania

5,456

195.8

370,119

Ireland

5,306

107.4

415,114

Kenya

5,223

9.9

252,033

Libya

4,883

72.0

349,990

China

4,849

0.3

108,921

Venezuela

4,719

16.5

392,762

Zimbabwe

4,658

31.8

132,368

Slovenia

4,638

222.1

308,136

Palestinian Territories

4,556

97.2

447,032

Belarus

4,402

46.5

571,987

Oman

4,105

82.5

304,054

Dominican Republic

4,087

38.1

370,451

Zambia

3,658

20.5

209,521

Namibia

3,538

141.8

128,328

El Salvador

3,490

54.1

110,188

Uganda

3,185

7.2

125,186

Sudan

3,038

7.1

39,550

Kosovo

2,973

165.7

160,540

Latvia

2,890

151.1

185,614

Nigeria

2,837

1.4

209,298

Albania

2,820

98.8

177,971

Denmark

2,685

46.1

368,651

Cambodia

2,670

16.2

116,860

South Korea

2,668

5.2

343,445

Kyrgyzstan

2,636

40.8

179,913

Kuwait

2,457

58.4

412,332

Syria

2,408

14.1

39,086

Botswana

2,386

103.6

181,856

Malawi

2,292

12.3

61,716

United Arab Emirates

2,120

21.7

738,586

Jamaica

2,110

71.6

87,389

Montenegro

2,023

325.2

137,769

Mozambique

1,926

6.3

151,102

Senegal

1,871

11.5

73,866

Yemen

1,804

6.2

9,526

Angola

1,664

5.2

62,842

Trinidad and Tobago

1,600

114.7

54,114

Mongolia

1,556

48.2

339,536

Cameroon

1,550

6.0

98,402

Australia

1,543

6.1

145,263

Estonia

1,426

107.5

172,514

Bahrain

1,391

84.8

276,118

Rwanda

1,313

10.4

99,145

Uzbekistan

1,290

3.8

181,312

Eswatini

1,233

107.4

46,363

Somalia

1,180

7.6

21,269

Ghana

1,167

3.8

129,440

Finland

1,116

20.2

149,897

DR Congo

1,089

1.3

57,269

Suriname

1,022

175.8

46,447

Madagascar

960

3.6

43,616

Norway

884

16.5

196,351

Guyana

870

111.1

34,455

Taiwan

846

3.6

16,337

Luxembourg

839

135.3

79,720

Guadeloupe

800

200.0

53,836

Mauritania

788

17.4

36,677

Tanzania

724

1.2

26,034

Ivory Coast

682

2.7

61,038

Fiji

663

74.5

51,701

Haiti

657

5.8

22,933

Martinique

656

174.7

42,269

Lesotho

655

30.8

21,530

French Polynesia

633

226.6

45,439

Qatar

608

21.5

237,929

Bahamas

590

151.5

21,580

Cyprus

563

47.0

121,995

Mali

557

2.8

15,619

Belize

461

118.1

23,990

Malta

459

91.3

37,453

Guinea

385

3.0

30,572

Réunion

370

41.6

54,024

Cape Verde

347

63.1

38,040

Gambia

339

14.4

9,946

French Guiana

293

100.7

43,255

Liberia

286

5.8

5,803

Papua New Guinea

266

3.0

24,041

New Caledonia

241

83.7

9,977

Togo

239

3.0

25,899

Maldives

238

44.8

86,165

Saint Lucia

236

129.1

12,228

Singapore

233

4.1

148,178

Congo

222

4.1

15,514

Gabon

213

9.8

33,442

Nicaragua

206

3.1

15,737

Niger

204

0.9

6,170

Burkina Faso

203

1.0

14,734

Grenada

192

171.4

5,746

Mayotte

181

68.0

20,439

Djibouti

179

18.4

13,396

Chad

174

1.1

5,067

Curaçao

171

108.5

16,934

Aruba

170

159.9

15,720

Benin

161

1.4

24,560

Equatorial Guinea

156

11.5

12,840

Comoros

147

17.3

4,186

Guinea-Bissau

141

7.3

6,130

Andorra

130

168.5

15,338

South Sudan

130

1.2

12,184

Mauritius

129

10.2

16,621

Tajikistan

125

1.3

17,484

Sierra Leone

121

1.5

6,396

Seychelles

119

121.9

21,854

Timor-Leste

119

9.2

19,714

Barbados

119

41.5

12,968

Channel Islands

100

58.1

12,174

Central African Republic

100

2.1

11,469

Gibraltar

98

290.8

5,758

Bermuda

95

148.6

5,567

Antigua and Barbuda

95

97.8

3,918

San Marino

91

268.8

5,473

Brunei

73

16.8

10,860

Sint Maarten

71

174.3

4,444

Liechtenstein

60

157.8

3,584

Isle of Man

56

66.2

8,578

Sao Tome and Principe

56

26.0

3,677

Saint Martin

55

144.7

3,878

St Vincent and the Grenadines

53

47.9

4,623

Eritrea

45

1.3

6,774

Laos

40

0.6

32,029

Burundi

38

0.3

19,555

British Virgin Islands

37

123.2

2,725

Monaco

35

89.8

3,358

Iceland

33

9.1

12,455

New Zealand

28

0.6

5,055

Dominica

28

39.0

4,153

Turks and Caicos Islands

23

60.2

2,925

Saint Kitts and Nevis

21

39.7

2,550

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

20

77.0

2,335

Diamond Princess cruise ship

13

712

Wallis and Futuna Islands

7

61.2

454

Saint Barthelemy

6

60.9

1,658

Bhutan

3

0.4

2,617

Faroe Islands

2

4.1

1,350

Cayman Islands

2

3.1

1,011

MS Zaandam cruise ship

2

9

Anguilla

1

6.7

668

Montserrat

1

20.0

41

Vanuatu

1

0.3

4

Greenland

0

0.0

654

Falkland Islands

0

0.0

69

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

0

0.0

32

Vatican

0

0.0

27

Solomon Islands

0

0.0

20

Palau

0

0.0

8

Marshall Islands

0

0.0

4

Saint Helena

0

0.0

4

Samoa

0

0.0

3

Kiribati

0

0.0

2

Cook Islands

0

0.0

1

Micronesia

0

0.0

1

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This information is regularly updated but may not reflect the latest totals for each country.

** The past data for new cases is a three day rolling average. Due to revisions in the number of cases, an average cannot be calculated for this date.

Source: Johns Hopkins University and national public health agencies

Figures last updated: 18 October 2021, 09:35 BST

The scale of new infections and deaths has alarmed authorities so much that all workplaces are to shut down for a week from the start of November and Moscow is closing non-essential services for 11 days from next Thursday.

One of the key explanations for this record number of cases and deaths is a lack of trust in the Sputnik V and other Russian-made coronavirus vaccines amongst many in the Russian population.

This, in part, is the result of many years of scepticism of what the authorities say or do.

As a result, campaigns to persuade people to have the vaccine are only gradually having any impact.

Image source, Elizaveta Vereykina/BBCImage caption, There were only a few people queuing for vaccinations in Vologda this week

For the medical teams in the Vologda hospital as elsewhere in the country, there is a real concern about the uptake of the Covid vaccines.

In Vologda just 26% of the population has been vaccinated, one of the lowest levels in the country.

"I am very worried about this," says Pavel Sheprinski, head of Hospital Number One. "The more unvaccinated people we have in our hospital, the more patients we have."

Elizaveta VereykinaAll the capacity we have in our hospital depends on people being vaccinatedPavel Sheprinski
Head of Vologda Hospital 1

At one of the vaccine centres set up in a large sports hall in the city, there was just a trickle of people waiting to get jabbed on Wednesday afternoon.

The situation recently prompted the governor of Vologda, Oleg Kuvshinnikov, to post a series of messages on social media pleading with people to get vaccinated.

The governor also sharply criticised those opposed to the vaccine who have taken to social media to spread anti-vaccine messages across the region.

"I'm calling on all anti-vaxxers who have unleashed merry hell on social media against vaccinations, look into the eyes of those who have lost loved ones," he said. "Our Russian vaccine is absolutely safe."

Doctors in Vologda are also shocked by the scale of anti-vaccination sentiment in the region, highlighting how those opposed to vaccination are putting elderly and vulnerable members of their families and relatives at risk.

Image source, Elizaveta Vereykina/BBCImage caption, Ekaterina was one of those who did get vaccinated at the centre in Vologda on Wednesday

But in her office in the city, a vaccine sceptic called Elena described why she was wary of the vaccine. She argued there was a lot of contradictory information coming from many sources including the authorities in the region. People were afraid of the unknown, she said.

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"We don't understand what this vaccine is," she told the BBC. "If we had all the information, all the statistics and the results of the research, I think people would have been much more loyal, but we have not seen all this."

Meanwhile, in Vologda city's main cemetery there continues to be a massive increase in the number of burials.

Image source, Elizaveta Vereykina/BBCImage caption, The number of burials in Vologda's main cemetery is rising

Previously it had an average of 50 burials a week, now it has double that.

For families burying loved ones there is no escape from the coronavirus restrictions.

Those carrying the coffin to the grave must do so wearing full protective equipment.