St Petersburg hospitals filling with COVID patients as city prepares to host EURO 2020 games

Authorities in Russia have begun sounding the alarm about a new wave of coronavirus now sweeping the country, causing a record number of deaths in recent days, the BBC reports.

Some regions have begun introducing restrictions – including Moscow, where many workers are being obliged to get vaccinated and restaurants will soon only be open to people who can prove they are Covid-free.

However, while St Petersburg is hosting football fans for Euro 2020, the city is reluctant to bring in any tough measures, even as the city's hospitals are filling up with Covid patients.

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