A Russian health official has ordered a sex ban for those receiving Covid-19 vaccinations.
His warning came as the country is seeking to boost its sluggish vaccine rollout after being the world’s first country to register a drug to combat the virus.
Infections and deaths have spiked in recent weeks.
But Dr Denis Graifer warned that sex involves "increased physical stress” and the vaccinated should abstain for three days.
“I believe, and everyone knows this, too, that sex is a very energy-consuming activity,” said the deputy health minister from Saratov region.
“So we warn people who have been vaccinated that increased physical activity, including having sex, is not recommended after vaccination.”
Russians are also told to avoid alcohol, smoking and visits to the sauna after being jabbed with Sputnik V or one of the country’s two other registered vaccines.
Graifer, 38, is a married father of two and has been vaccinated.
A qualified doctor as well as a politician, he was criticised on Russian state media by a senior medical official who dismissed him as a “young colleague” who had gone over the top with his sex ban.
“You can do it, just do it with caution,” said his boss Oleg Kostin referring to sex after vaccines.
Russians should “have common sense and not overdo it,” he urged.
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Russia today announced a third wave record of 25,766 new infection cases, and 726 daily deaths from Covid-19.
This comes as Moscow has been criticised in The Economist for its Covid-19 response.
“Hundreds of thousands are dead, partly thanks to the Kremlin's incompetence,” said the newspaper.
“Russia is in the midst of its third and most severe wave of covid-19, with more people dying daily than at any point during the pandemic.
“The number of new daily cases is currently around 25,000, somewhat fewer than in Britain, and rising.
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“But whereas in Britain this surge has translated into an average of 18 daily deaths over the past week, in Russia it has resulted in an average of 670 deaths a day.
“The contrast is all the more striking because Russia was the first country in the world to approve a working vaccine, one based on the same science as the British-Swedish AstraZeneca one and apparently just as effective.
“But whereas in Britain 78% of the population has received at least one jab, in Russia the proportion is only 20%.
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“The difference is not the availability or the efficacy of the jab, but people's trust in the government and its vaccines.”
Putin’s government had “other priorities” like jailing his political foe Alexei Navalny and banning street protests, claimed the report.
The official Covid-19 death toll is 141,501 although critics say the true figure is higher.
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