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Russia reports single-day record since the pandemic began.

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On Tuesday, Russia reported 13,868 new cases, making it the highest daily number of cases recorded since the pandemic began. Russian authorities also reported that one the same day there were 244 deaths. The country is currently dealing with a surge in cases. Today also marks the third straight day of over 13,000 cases. The daily number of cases has doubled since last month, and Moscow, the epicentre of COVID-19 in Russia had 4,618 new cases on Tuesday, it’s highest since mid-May.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin explained that the current restrictions in the capital are too ‘light’ to curb the spread of the virus, and urged all citizens to follow all the coronavirus measures, before the vaccine is out. The head of Russia’s consumer safety watchdog said,

Despite the fact that we see these figures are growing, in Russia we are not talking about shutting down the economy, halting activity or business.

We do not see the sense in doing this.

Russia’s Consumer Safety Watchdog Anna Popova

Theaters, restaurants and nightclubs are still open in Russia, but the authorities asked businesses to have third of their employees to work from home. Moscow has seen more people wearing their mask, as police are clamping down on those who violate the measures, and imposing fines. Local media has reported that in some regions of Russia hospitals are at full capacity, forcing them to refuse accepting new patients suspected with COVID-19 or other illnesses.

Russia was the first country to announce a vaccine for COVID-19. Known as Sputnik V, the vaccine drew controversy, after Russia announced it to be the first COVID-19 vaccine, before conducting the crucial Phase 3 test. President Vladmir Putin also announced that 50 people in the inner circle were vaccinated with this experimental vaccine. On Tuesday, Alexander Ginzburg, the head of the Moscow research institute that developed the vaccine, said that around 70% of the Russian population could be vaccinated by next year. As of Tuesday, Russia reported 1,326,178 cases and 22,966 deaths since the pandemic began.

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