Saint Petersburg, headquarters of the Spanish party this Friday, is one of the areas most affected by the escalation of cases
The Delta variant of covid-19 is the cause, according to Russian authorities, of the high increase in infections and deaths that have been registered throughout the country since last month. The city of Moscow is the most affected environment as well as Saint Petersburg, the second largest city in the country and the venue for the Eurocup game that Spain is playing against Switzerland today.
Yesterday, 672 new deaths were registered throughout Russia from coronavirus, an absolute record for the third consecutive day, after 669 and 652 in the previous two days, and a total of 23,543 new infections against 21,042 on Wednesday and 20,616 on Tuesday. The Russian capital remains the epicenter of the pandemic with 7,597 new cases yesterday, 5,823 on Wednesday and 6,209 on Tuesday.
In Saint Petersburg the incidence in the number of infected also increases, yesterday there were another 1,612 positive cases, on Wednesday 1,503 and Tuesday 1,374. Moscow registered 108 deaths yesterday and the former imperial capital of the czars 115, which beat the record of deaths last Tuesday with 119. These figures, however, will not prevent the clash between Spain and Switzerland from taking place. This is confirmed by the organizers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday answering questions from viewers for almost four hours that, despite the serious health situation, Russia, which has been responsible for holding six Eurocup matches in Saint Petersburg and today will be the seventh, “it has to fulfill the obligations that the Government assumed in the organization of this great sporting event.”
The Finnish Ministry of Health, whose team played two games in Saint Petersburg, reported yesterday that 9% of the fans who came to cheer on the team, more than 300, returned with a positive diagnosis of Covid-19. Also Sweden, who also played two games in the second city of Russia, reported infected among their fans. Precisely not to overshadow the championship, the restrictions in Saint Petersburg to prevent infections are very lax.