In his personal blog, the head of the city mentioned that the autumn holidays lasted two weeks, instead of one, after which pupils of grades 1-5 returned to schools, and high school students switched to a distance learning format. This measure helped to contain the incidence, as children began to transmit less infection to their older relatives. Sobyanin noted that the incidence among elderly Muscovites has dropped from 25% to 16%.
The decision to extend the winter holidays is due to the worsening situation with COVID-19, the head of the city said. The number of hospitalized patients has been growing over the past three weeks. Almost 2,000 people are admitted to hospitals every day.
“According to experts, 11 days of holidays and vacations will still not be enough to significantly bring down the current wave of growth. At least partially, the pause should last longer – at least two weeks, ”wrote Sergei Sobyanin.
Also, the head of the city announced the expansion of the list of population groups that can receive the vaccine against COVID-19. From December 30, construction workers and college and university students over 18 years old can be vaccinated. Vaccination for people under 18 is not yet available, since Sputnik V has not yet been approved for use in these groups, Sobyanin said.
Muscovites suffering from chronic diseases, the presence of which requires observing a home regime, will also be able to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Since the vaccination reduces the risk of illness and infection of others, people who have been vaccinated will have the right to a gradual return to their usual life, the head of the city stressed. Thus, older residents, students over 18 years of age and citizens suffering from chronic diseases will be able to enjoy the right of free and reduced travel in public transport. Their social cards will be automatically unlocked 14 days after receiving the second vaccine component.