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Yakut syndrome: covid strikes back

Yakutia is fighting an increase in the incidence of coronavirus: a remote control has been introduced for schoolchildren and pregnant women, additional vaccination points have been opened

The incidence of coronavirus in the republic has shown an increase since mid-April. As of May 17, 105 new cases were recorded, which is 1,5 times more than a month earlier. In addition, according to the information from the residents themselves, the official statistics are underestimated. The republican authorities had to re-use infectious diseases hospitals on the basis of budgetary institutions, restrict the work of entertainment establishments, and transfer schoolchildren to distance learning.

Yakut syndrome: covid strikes back
Photo: Official information portal of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)

The Office of Rospotrebnadzor of Yakutia recorded a twofold increase in the incidence of covid in mid-April. The deputy head of the department, Isabella Samoilova, linked the new circumstances to the fact that people stopped wearing masks, observed social distance, and began to meet with relatives more often. Another reason she called the possible importation of the virus by travelers. “We know that since the beginning of the year, about 10 thousand people from abroad have returned to Yakutia, and not all have posted their PCR results on the portal of state services. Until these results are available, citizens should be in self-isolation. We ask such citizens to conduct these studies, ”Samoilova said at a briefing on April 19.

Unofficially, among the possible reasons for the increase in incidence is the holding of mass events at the end of March. From 23 to 27 March, on the days coinciding with the elections of the mayor of Yakutsk, the youth festival Muus uSTAR was held in the capital of the republic, in which more than three thousand people participated. A doctor who previously was in charge of a temporary hospital for patients with COVID-19, Ivan Lutskan believes that this is a misconception. He says that the increase in incidence began on April 15-20, and the first symptoms, in his experience, appear 5-6 days after infection. In his opinion, the reason for the increase in the incidence was the warming, which affects the activity and life of the virus on the surface, and the failure to comply with the sanitary and epidemiological regime.

“We are seeing the same picture as in May last year. We have had a slow growth since March, and an explosive one was recorded in May. Affected by the kebab season, the activity among the young. Last year, the headquarters opened an additional hospital due to the fact that university students fell ill massively. We are seeing the same increase in the incidence among young people now. I myself saw how young people neglect protective measures, allow themselves to pass to each other and drink water from one bottle, ”says the doctor.

If until April 14, the number of cases of COVID-19 per day was 29-30 people, then on April 15, 38 infected were recorded. From that day on, the covid figure began to grow steadily. On April 29, authorities announced an increase in the number of infections with the British strain of coronavirus. A family from the Aldan region, vacationing in Turkey, was named as zero patients. 

This is how people arriving from abroad are greeted at the Yakutsk airport
Photo: TG-channel "Yakutia.Opershtab"

In which areas of the republic infections with the British strain are registered, it is not officially specified, but a statement made at the end of April noted that a "difficult" situation with covid is developing in Yakutsk and Megino-Kangalassky district.

By May 10, the daily increase reached 115 new cases of coronavirus infection. The Republican headquarters noted an increase in covid disease among pregnant women, the working population and children. According to the authorities, 57 pregnant women were under observation, four of them in serious condition. According to the Minister of Health of Yakutia, Elena Borisova, the department has additionally opened a children's infectious diseases hospital. By this time, the work of temporary infectious diseases hospitals in the Republican Hospital No. 3 and the Olympic Reserve School had already been resumed.

The authorities closed entertainment establishments, suspended the work of children's leisure centers, including attractions in the city park, transferred schoolchildren, students of NEFU and 50% of budget workers to remote control, suspended school transport cards on city routes, recommended that enterprises transfer pregnant employees to remote work. restricted the work of cafes and restaurants until midnight and strengthened the work of administrative commissions to identify violators among the establishments. This has not yet helped to reverse the trend in morbidity.

During the day from May 16 to May 17, another 105 cases of coronavirus infection were detected. Official statistics may differ from the actual state of affairs. This can be seen from the example of the Megino-Kangalassky area, in which a covid outbreak was recorded. The headquarters said 5 new cases of infection were detected in the area on May 24. According to a source from EastRussia, on that day, only in one of the 30 villages of the district, COVID-19 was officially diagnosed in 22 villagers, one of them died. Taking into account the fact that the Megino-Kangalassky district is one of the most densely populated (31 naslegs, 30 683 inhabitants), there may be much more cases of coronavirus.

The head of the republic, Aisen Nikolaev, demanded to accelerate the vaccination of the population. “All medical institutions in the city of Yakutsk and Megino-Kangalassky ulus will be vaccinated against coronavirus from 16 to 8 hours every day, seven days a week. The second component of the vaccine can be obtained at any vaccination station, and not only at the vaccination station where the first component of the drug was received, ”the press service of the head and government of the republic said in a statement.

The measure allowed the residents of the republic to use the procedure more actively: the authorities announced the daily addition of 946 people to the number of vaccinated. In total, according to the republican headquarters, as of May 16, the first dose of the vaccine was received by 120 Yakutians with a population of 829. The authorities announced that they are considering the possibility of deploying vaccination points in the territories of the bus station, cultural institutions, shopping centers, in the offices of the MFC "My Documents" , as well as at enterprises on request and at summer cottages.


Ten thousand doses of the vaccine will arrive in Yakutia in the near future. As the head of Yakutia said, the other day the federal headquarters approved an application for another 50 thousand capsules.


According to Ivan Lutskan, the coronavirus, like the flu, will circulate in the autumn-spring period. Therefore, vaccination will become protection against the virus. Regarding people who get covid even after receiving the vaccine, he says: “It's a question of the immune system, how it will respond to the vaccine, whether it will produce antibodies, whether the memory cells will work. These things are individual for each person. According to studies published in scientific journals, the effectiveness of the vaccine is 91,7 percent. That is, it has been scientifically proven that 10% of people may not develop antibodies, the vaccine is not effective for them. But even if they get sick, the course of the disease will not be so difficult. "


Starting from May 6, 100 new cases of covid infection have been detected every day in the republic. The total number of cases of coronavirus in Yakutia has reached 36 people. On May 954, according to the federal headquarters, three people died from coronavirus infection in the republic, during the entire time of the pandemic 16 residents of Yakutia died from the disease. The republic's leadership excludes the possibility of introducing a lockdown, but requires compliance with sanitary and epidemiological measures.

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