22 Mar 2022 13:49

Covid-19 incidence rate in Russia down 3.7 times in past 4 weeks - Rospotrebnadzor

MOSCOW. March 22 (Interfax) - The coronavirus incidence rate in Russia has declined 3.7 times over the past four weeks, but Covid-19 morbidity remains quite high, Russian consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said.

"Over the past four weeks, the incidence rate has declined 3.7 times, from 596.45 per 100,000 people at the eighth week of 2022 to 160.25 per 100,000 people following the 11th week of 2022, which is 3.6 times higher than the incidence rate recorded over the same period last year (45.05 per 100,000 people at the 11th week of 2021) and 1.7 times higher than the average weekly incidence rates throughout 2021 (95.62 per 100,000 people)," Rospotrebnadzor's press service said.

Although the Covid-19 epidemiological process is subsiding today, morbidity rates in Russia remain quite high, it said. A total of 235,160 new Covid-19 cases were registered in Russia during the 11th week of the year, which is 34.9% less than during the previous week.

According to Rospotrebnadzor, figures available after the 11th week of the year show that Covid-19 morbidity is on the rise in three regions. Thus, St. Petersburg accounts for 4.3% of all Covid-19 cases recorded across Russia, Moscow for 3.3%, and the Moscow region for 1.9%, while the remaining cases are split among the country's other regions.

The Western-Pacific Region accounted for the majority of the world's new Covid-19 cases between March 12 and March 18, when Covid-19 morbidity in this region saw a 30% rise as compared to the previous week, Rospotrebnadzor said.

"Experts anticipate the possibility of a new coronavirus strain emerging in the Western-Pacific Region," it said.