News ID: 315521
Published: 0204 GMT August 13, 2021

Russia reports record 815 COVID-19 deaths for second day in a row

Russia reports record 815 COVID-19 deaths for second day in a row

A medical specialist wearing protective gear transports a person on a stretcher at a hospital for patients infected with COVID-19, on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia, on July 2, 2021.

Russia on Friday recorded its highest daily coronavirus death toll for a second day running.

A government tally showed 815 COVID-19 fatalities in 24 hours and 22,277 new cases, AFP reported.

Russia, the fourth worst-hit country in the world in terms of cases, has since mid-June been hit by a new wave of infections driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant.

The new figures bring Russia's total fatalities from COVID-19 to 168,864 – the highest toll in Europe.

This figure, however, only takes into account deaths where the virus was established as the primary cause of death after an autopsy.

Under a broader definition for deaths linked to the coronavirus, statistics agency Rosstat said that Russia has seen more than 300,000 fatalities as of the end of June.

Authorities have faced a vaccine-sceptic population, with a poll by the independent Levada Centre this week showing that 55 percent of Russians do not plan on getting inoculated.

Moscow as well as a host of regions have introduced mandatory vaccination measures to speed up the country's inoculation drive, and President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly called on Russians to get vaccinated.

"It's of course not good that the deaths are rising so quickly. I hope that people will get vaccinated faster," Nikita, a bank worker in Moscow, told AFP.

While Russia has three homegrown vaccines available to the population, it does not distribute any of Western-made jabs.

As of Friday, just over 30 million of Russia's around 146 million people had been fully vaccinated, according to the Gogov website, which tallies COVID data from the regions.




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