On Saturday, Russia reported 697 COVID-19 deaths in the previous 24 hours, the fifth straight day the country has set a new record as it battles the surging delta variant.
It also recorded 24,439 new coronavirus infections, the highest figure since the middle of January when Russia was emerging from its second wave of the pandemic.
Russia’s coronavirus outbreak has been surging since mid-june against a background of reluctance among many to get vaccinated and suspicion of Home-grown shots.
So far, just 16 percent of Russia’s 146 million people have been jabbed.
Moscow, the biggest virus hotspot nationwide, recorded 116 deaths, close to the city’s pandemic record seen earlier this week.
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