Russia reported 672 coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours, according to a government tally, setting a pandemic high of fatalities for the third day, today in a row.
The country is battling a surging outbreak driven by the highly infectious Delta variant and worsened by a lagging jab drive, with President Vladimir Putin urging Russians on national television yesterday to get vaccinated.
The daily death count released today topped Wednesday’s record of 669 and Tuesday’s of 652.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has said that the Delta variant, accounts for 90 percent of cases in the Russian capital.
He has introduced a host of new restrictions to counter the surge, including ordering businesses to send home 30 percent of unvaccinated employees and allowing restaurants to only serve inside patrons who have been inoculated or infected in the past six months.
As of today, just 17.4 million of Russia’s population of about 146 million people – or about 12 percent – had been fully vaccinated, according to a website, which tallies Covid data from the regions.
Russia, with 135,886 deaths from the virus, has the highest official toll from Covid-19 in Europe.