Delta/Russia Edition: Record daily deaths for 5th consecutive day

Around 697 deaths from Kovid-19 have been recorded in Russia in the last 24 hours, which is a new record for the fifth day in a row.

This Saturday, Russia took a hard hit from the delta version, reporting 24,439 new cases, the highest number since mid-January.

The capital, Moscow, the epicenter of the pandemic, has recorded 116 deaths in the past 24 hours, very close to its own record earlier this week.

The coronavirus pandemic has resumed in Russia since mid-June in the backdrop of a sluggish vaccination campaign. Launched in December, it has so far convinced only 23.6, or 16% of the population, of 146 million Russians, to be skeptical about national vaccines.

In many regions, including Moscow, authorities have taken measures to encourage Russians to get vaccinated, for example with the introduction of health passes for visiting restaurants in the capital.

On the other hand, the Kremlin, which has admitted not being able to reach 60% of its vaccination target by August, denies any national confinement to keep a fragile economy going for the time being.

As a reminder, Russia has to date more than 5.5 million contaminations for 137,262 deaths.

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