Jul 10, 2020
If the medieval air, in times of pandemic, is not enough, there is always the Siberian village of Shuluta, in the republic of Buryatia, to raise the average. The village was in fact self-isolated by means of two deep moats, dug with tractors, after local officials said that an infected shaman caused an outbreak among the population.
The village recorded 37 cases of Covid-19 among its 390 residents, with a quarter of the population believed to have been exposed to the cluster. The anuntrice is said to be a woman who performed a shaman ritual with dozens of inhabitants on 10 June. Or at least, so says Ivan Alheyev, the head of the district where Shuluta is located. Here then the inhabitants got busy and dug two deep trenches around the village “in an almost complete ring” as a protection measure.
Dora Khamaganova, spokesman for Shuluta, explained on Facebook that the moats were excavated not only to isolate the villagers but also to prevent tourists from crossing Shuluta and reaching a national park on Lake Baikal.
“This traffic chaos stopped when the second trench was excavated,” Khamaganova told the Moscow Times, later defining Shuluta as a “strategic” position. The village’s only grocery store has been closed for several days and authorities have organized food deliveries to avoid food shortages.
The republic of Buryatia, located more than 5,500 kilometers east of Moscow, recorded 3,141 total cases of Covid-19. Its authorities have extended anti-coronavirus restrictions until July 31, as the load of cases has moved from Moscow to the outer regions in recent weeks.