Russian govt digs trench around coronavirus-hit village to enforce quarantine
According to details, the Russian authorities have dug a trench around a remote Siberian village to enforce quarantine, after dozens of residents contracted the coronavirus, which local officials believe was spread at a traditional shaman ritual.
The village of Shuluta, located some 30 kilometres south east of Lake Baikal in Siberia’s Buryatia region, has 37 confirmed cases of the virus among its 390 residents.
Ninety-five other people are believed to have been in contact with those infected and are also required to quarantine, said the head of the local administration, Ivan Alkheyev.
Alkheyev said the outbreak started after dozens of villagers took part in a shaman ritual on June 10, performed by an infected woman.
The ditches which encircled Shuluta were dug on June 29 as a measure to stop tourists from driving though the village to nearby Tunka National Park, as well as to limit movement by the local residents, some of whom were skeptical about an order to self-isolate.
The only road to the village which was not cut off by the ditch is now patrolled by local officials and Russian national guards who allow only ambulances and food deliveries in.
It is pertinent to remember that over 713,936 people have infected while 11,017 people died of the virus in Russia. The country has the third-highest number of recorded infections in the world.