Mishustin began preparations for a new wave of coronavirus in Russia

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has sent another 4 billion rubles to doctors
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The Russian government has begun preparations for a new wave of coronavirus spread in Russia. This is evidenced by the decision of Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on March 28 to allocate an additional 4 billion rubles for one-time insurance payments for medical staff and drivers of ambulances, experts told URA.RU. Virologists link the arrival of a new wave with the European subspecies of the omicron strain, which has already flooded EU countries.

Speaking at a meeting with deputy prime ministers, Mishustin said that the peak incidence of COVID-19 in Russia has passed and thanked doctors for their dedicated work. “The peak incidence, which fell in mid-February, has passed. Now the situation is improving in most regions, “he said. However, the Prime Minister signed an order according to which the financing of insurance payments to medical workers will be continued.

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Physicians will receive a lump sum payment from the government if they fall ill by helping patients with COVID

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“Special insurance guarantees are provided for medical staff and ambulance drivers. If doctors fall ill while helping a patient with covid, they are entitled to a lump sum payment. The government will allocate more than 4 billion rubles to provide them, “Mishustin said. This money will be enough to fully finance the payments until the end of the second quarter of 2022, the order said. In 2021, the authorities provided one-time insurance payments to physicians totaling 22.2 billion rubles, allocating from three to five billion during the year as funds are spent.

Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor, Virologist Peter Chumakov believes that the government is preparing for another or even several waves of the spread of coronavirus in Russia. According to him, the next wave will most likely be caused by a subspecies of the omicron strain of coronavirus BA.2, which is also called “stealth omicron”.

“This is a more contagious modification of omicron, which has already caused outbreaks in Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands and other European countries. A big wave of omicron has just passed in Russia, immunity has been formed, so we may have a new wave only in two or three months, ”he said.

According to the virologist, the almost complete cessation of air communication with Europe will slow down the arrival of a new wave of coronavirus in Russia, and when this still happens, there will be no mass deaths. “Basically, people will have symptoms like a cold, the proportion of severe cases will be like the seasonal flu. Although the flu is not the most harmless disease, it will be mostly easy to get sick, ”Chumakov added.

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Insurance guarantees are also provided for drivers of ambulances

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Another outbreak of coronavirus is likely to be caused by a new species of omicron strain, confirms virologist, head of the laboratory of genomic engineering of MIPT Pavel Volchkov. “The last wave in France and Britain was caused by omicron, then there was a drop in the number of infections, and now they are rising again. Each country has its own epidemiological features: it matters how many people have already fallen ill, how many have been vaccinated, what is the coverage of testing, how population immunity has been formed, so the picture will be different. But in general, I would expect secondary waves in Russia from the first powerful wave of the omicron strain. Other new strains have nowhere to go, except from China and other countries in Southeast Asia, where many people are still not sick, “said the expert.

The danger of the omicron strain and its subspecies should not be underestimated, but there is no reason to panic, says a virologist. “It is indeed very contagious, but less dangerous, it is the dominant opinion of the health authorities of many countries around the world. The rate of spread of coronavirus is influenced not only by the characteristics of the strain, but also the number of contacts between people. They hardly fly abroad now. The abolition of the mask regime is increasing the number of contacts, but recently this regime has been practically not observed, if the masks were worn on the chin, so the authorities canceled the ineffective measure. In general, the dynamics is positive, and if we talk about the forecasts, then in the summer I expect a successful situation with the coronavirus, although the waves will still be, perhaps, in the fall, “- said Volchkov.

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The Russian government has begun preparations for a new wave of coronavirus spread in Russia. This is evidenced by the decision of Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on March 28 to allocate an additional 4 billion rubles for one-time insurance payments for medical staff and drivers of ambulances, experts told URA.RU. Virologists link the arrival of a new wave with the European subspecies of the omicron strain, which has already flooded EU countries. Speaking at a meeting with deputy prime ministers, Mishustin said that the peak incidence of COVID-19 in Russia has passed and thanked doctors for their dedicated work. “The peak incidence, which fell in mid-February, has passed. Now the situation is improving in most regions, “he said. However, the Prime Minister signed an order according to which the financing of insurance payments to medical workers will be continued. “Special insurance guarantees are provided for medical staff and ambulance drivers. If doctors fall ill while helping a patient with covid, they are entitled to a lump sum payment. The government will allocate more than 4 billion rubles to provide them, “Mishustin said. This money will be enough to fully finance the payments until the end of the second quarter of 2022, the order said. In 2021, the authorities provided one-time insurance payments to physicians totaling 22.2 billion rubles, allocating from three to five billion during the year as funds are spent. Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor, Virologist Peter Chumakov believes that the government is preparing for another or even several waves of the spread of coronavirus in Russia. According to him, the next wave will most likely be caused by a subspecies of the omicron strain of coronavirus BA.2, which is also called “stealth omicron”. “This is a more contagious modification of omicron, which has already caused outbreaks in Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands and other European countries. A big wave of omicron has just passed in Russia, immunity has been formed, so we may have a new wave only in two or three months, ”he said. According to the virologist, the almost complete cessation of air communication with Europe will slow down the arrival of a new wave of coronavirus in Russia, and when this still happens, there will be no mass deaths. “Basically, people will have symptoms like a cold, the proportion of severe cases will be like the seasonal flu. Although the flu is not the most harmless disease, it will be mostly easy to get sick, ”Chumakov added. Another outbreak of coronavirus is likely to be caused by a new species of omicron strain, confirms virologist, head of the laboratory of genomic engineering of MIPT Pavel Volchkov. “The last wave in France and Britain was caused by omicron, then there was a drop in the number of infections, and now they are rising again. Each country has its own epidemiological features: it matters how many people have already fallen ill, how many have been vaccinated, what is the coverage of testing, how population immunity has been formed, so the picture will be different. But in general, I would expect secondary waves in Russia from the first powerful wave of the omicron strain. Other new strains have nowhere to go, except from China and other countries in Southeast Asia, where many people are still not sick, “said the expert. The danger of the omicron strain and its subspecies should not be underestimated, but there is no reason to panic, says a virologist. “It is indeed very contagious, but less dangerous, it is the dominant opinion of the health authorities of many countries around the world. The rate of spread of coronavirus is influenced not only by the characteristics of the strain, but also the number of contacts between people. They hardly fly abroad now. The abolition of the mask regime is increasing the number of contacts, but recently this regime has been practically not observed, if the masks were worn on the chin, so the authorities canceled the ineffective measure. In general, the dynamics is positive, and if we talk about the forecasts, then in the summer I expect a successful situation with the coronavirus, although the waves will still be, perhaps, in the fall, “- said Volchkov.

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