ALERT: Russia reports all time high record for COVID-19 deaths on Saturday as the country battles a third wave

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Russia reported 752 coronavirus deaths on Saturday (July 10), a national record for pandemic-related fatalities over a 24-hour period, as the country battles a third wave.

Russia has now set seven new pandemic highs for Covid-19 deaths in the last 12 days as it fights a surging outbreak driven by the highly infectious Delta variant and a sluggish vaccination campaign.

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The country’s official virus caseload passed 5.75 million on Saturday, making it the fifth-worst hit nation worldwide

As at Saturday, just 18.9 million of Russia’s population of some 146 million people had been fully vaccinated, according to the Gogov website, which tallies Covid-19 data from the regions.

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In Moscow, the epicentre of Russia’s outbreak, just 1.8 million of the city’s some 12 million people had been fully vaccinated despite free jabs having been available since December.

The authorities have faced a vaccine-sceptic population, with an independent poll this week showing that 54 per cent of Russians do not plan on getting a Covid-19 jab.

www.straitstimes.com/world/russia-sets-latest-pandemic-high-for-coronavirus-deaths

 

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