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COVID-19: Russia reports record daily death toll from virus

Russia has reported a record daily Covid-19 death toll, which is the fifth time in a week that deaths have hit a new high.

The national coronavirus task force stated that 890 deaths were reported over the past day, which surpassed Friday’s death toll of 887.

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The task force also stated that the number of new infections in the past day was 25,796, which is the second-highest number of infections reported in the year.

With a population of 146 million people, Russia has Europe’s highest death toll from the pandemic, reaching nearly 210,000 people.

Officials have mentioned no plans of imposing lockdowns in the country and although mask-wearing regulations are in place, they are loosely enforced.

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Initially, proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test was required for indoor dining but this was abandoned after business owners complained about reduced revenues.

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine has been administered to only 32.5% of its population with only 28% being fully vaccinated.

The country’s sluggish vaccination rollout has been attributed by critics to mixed messages that authorities have been sending about the pandemic.

However, some suggest that the growing popularity of antigen testing in Russia has contributed to the low vaccination numbers.

IMAGE – “Vladimir Putin” by theglobalpanorama is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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