Russia registers 669 Covid-19 deaths, highest daily toll since pandemic began

Moscow, Jun 30 (EFE).- Russia on Wednesday reported 669 Covid-19 deaths, a record single-day tally since the coronavirus pandemic began.

The previous record was set on Tuesday, when 652 Covid-19 deaths were registered.

Moscow and Saint Petersburg are the most affected cities, with 117 and 111 deaths respectively, as the latter prepares to host the Euro 2020 quarter final between Spain and Switzerland on July 2.

A total of 135,214 people have died of Covid-19 in Russia, according to official figures, although the data is contested internationally and even clashes with the nation’s own Federal State Statistics Service, which reported roughly 225,000 total deaths back in April.

A total 21,042 new infections were recorded, 90% of which are Delta variant cases.

The Russian-made Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine has 90% efficacy against the Delta strain, said Tuesday Denis Logunov, deputy director of the vaccine’s developer Gamaleya Centre.

About 22.7 million people are now vaccinated against Covid in Russia, which is currently the fifth country with highest total cases at 5,514,599, behind the United States, India, Brazil, and France. EFE


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