Russia records highest daily COVID death toll in four months

Written by on June 23, 2021

Russia has registered its highest number of COVID-19 deaths for a single day since early February as a dramatic rise in infections fuelled by the Delta variant grips the country.

The 546 deaths recorded yesterday mean Russia’s official coronavirus death toll now stands at 130,347 people, according to the country’s coronavirus emergency task force, marking the world’s sixth-highest tally overall.Tuesday’s figure marked the highest rate of deaths over a 24-hour-period since February 11.

It came against the backdrop of a sharp uptick in cases that authorities blame on the highly transmissible Delta variant, first identified in India.

The number of new infections recorded on Tuesday was 16,715, a figure twice as high as a month ago. Amid the surge, officials are pushing to speed up the slow rate of vaccination across the country.

Credit: Al Jazeera

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