Russia Hits Record Daily COVID-19 Deaths

As no forthcoming lockdown is in sight, Russia continues to register record COVID-19 infection numbers.

  • Russia recorded a Vaccination rate of only 28% (AP)
    Russia recorded a vaccination rate of only 28% (AP)

On Sunday, Russia reported a record daily death toll as a result of COVID-19, announcing deaths have hit a new high. 

The national coronavirus task force announced that 890 deaths were recorded over the past day, exceeding 887 reported on Friday. The task force added that the number of new infections in the past day was the second-highest of the year, summing up the toll to 25,769.

Russian officials say there are no plans to impose a lockdown despite the country's persistent rise in daily deaths and new cases. 

Moscow abandoned the program that involved drawing up proofs of vaccination or a negative PCR test for restaurants and bars after business owners complained of reduced revenues.

Only 32.5% of Russians have gotten at least one vaccine shot, and only 28% are fully vaccinated, even though the country is known for creating the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V.