Russia is reporting a daily tally of 180,071 new coronavirus infections, a tenfold increase as compared to the previous month as the highly dangerous omicron variety sweeps throughout the nation.

The number announced on Sunday by the state covid task force was roughly 2,800 instances more than the previous day, continuing a rise that started in the mid of January when the daily new cases were about 17,000.

Despite the fact that the number of infections has grown considerably in recent weeks, the task group observed that daily COVID-19 mortality have remained stable or are modestly declining: There have been 661 fatalities in the last 24 hours, compared to 796 on January 6.

The task group recorded 12.8 million cases and 335,414 fatalities during the duration of the epidemic.

Despite the rising number of cases, President Vladimir Putin told Russia’s main business group last week that authorities do not intend to implement any lockdowns or other further restrictions as a result of the outbreak. Furthermore, the government relaxed the seven-day self-isolation ban for people who come into touch with COVID-19 patients.

In the face of the most severe viral outbreak ever, Russian authorities have typically avoided imposing any substantial restrictions and have repeatedly rejected the notion of enforcing a lockdown.

Russia saw just one lockdown in 2020 of six weeks, and in October 2021, many individuals were also obliged to take a week off work. Aside from that, much of the country’s life went on as usual, with even mask requirements being weakly enforced.

In recent weeks, a rising number of Russian regions have begun to impose limitations on people under the age of 18, as authorities have recognized that the current spike impacts youngsters much more than prior ones. In several locations, schools have moved to remote learning or prolonged student vacations. Minors have been temporarily excluded from most public venues in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second biggest city.

Russia just recently began vaccinating youngsters aged 12 to 17 with the locally made Sputnik M vaccine, which is similar to Sputnik V but has a lower dosage. Only tiny doses of vaccination for teens have been made accessible, according to media sources and social media users.

Despite being one of the first countries in the world to provide COVID-19 vaccines, just around half of Russia’s 146 million people have been immunized.