Russia shatters COVID-19 death record as surge persists, killing 968 in a single day

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Russia has recorded a new record-high daily death toll from COVID-19, continuing a steady rise that brought new records almost daily in October.

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The National Coronavirus Task Force reported on Saturday that 968 people had died of COVID-19 in Russia in the past day – nearly 100 more than the daily deaths recorded at the end of September. The task force said more than 29,000 new infections were also confirmed in the past day.

Officials blame the huge increase on the country’s low vaccination rate. Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said on Friday that 47.8 million Russians, or about 33 percent of Russia’s 146 million people, had received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 42.4 million, or about 29 percent, had been fully vaccinated. was imposed.

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The pandemic has resulted in a total of about 7.8 million cases and 215,453 deaths, the Coronavirus Task Force reports.

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However, the task force only records deaths directly from the virus. Russia’s state statistical service Rosstat said the death toll from coronavirus-linked deaths is significantly higher.

Rosstat revealed on Friday that the latest figures showed more than 254,000 people died with COVID-19 in the first eight months of this year, compared with 163,000 patients with the coronavirus for the whole of 2020.

The Coronavirus Task Force only counted deaths of patients for whom COVID-19 was believed to be the main cause. Rosstat includes people who had COVID-19 but died of other causes, and those for whom the coronavirus was suspected but not confirmed.

The Kremlin has turned down the idea of ​​imposing a new nationwide lockdown, handing the power to tighten restrictions to regional authorities.

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In some areas of the country, including Moscow and St Petersburg, life remains largely normal, with businesses operating normally and masks mandatorily applied.

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