July 29, 2021

Russia records highest daily death toll since the start of the pandemic

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Russia has just recorded its highest daily death toll since the start of the covid-19 pandemic – 652 patients died in the last 24 hours in the country. The largest percentage of fatalities were recorded in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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“Sad Angel” in St. Petersburg – sculpture of Roman Shustrov, who died from covid-19, in memory of the victims of coronavirus

The number of deaths in Russia from covid-19 complications has reached a record for the entire period of the pandemic – in the last 24 hours 652 deaths were recorded, the operational headquarters said on Tuesday, June 29. Prior to that, the highest number of deaths was recorded on December 24, 2020 – 635.

The daily increase in new infections was 20,616.

In the Russian capital, 6,209 cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in the past 24 hours, 1,037 fewer than the previous day; 121 Muscovites died.

The largest increase in cases after Moscow was recorded in the Moscow region (2,453 new cases) and in St. Petersburg (1,374). In St. Petersburg, 119 people died – the maximum for the city for the entire pandemic.

In total, almost 5.5 million cases of coronavirus infection, more than 134,500 deaths and about 5 million recovered cases have been reported in Russia since the beginning of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

According to Alexander Ginzburg, director of the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, the delta variant of coronavirus accounts for about 90 percent of all cases detected in Russia.