Moscow, Jan 17 (EFE).- Russia on Monday reported the largest number of Covid-19 infections since December 10, as the Omicron variant continues to fuel a nationwide surge.
Russian health authorities said there were 30,726 new cases in the past 24-hour period, a number that is 1,496 more than was recorded the previous day when the figure stood at 29,230.
Out of those infections, some 7,529 cases were registered in Moscow, the country’s epicenter of the pandemic, and 4,132 others in St. Petersburg.
Omicron hit Russia in December and resulted in a surge in infections over the New Year holidays, which concluded on January 10 in the Eurasian country.
Sergey Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, said that the highly contagious Omicron strain made up more than half of the new cases identified in the Russian capital.
So far, more than 10.8 million cases of coronavirus have been detected in total across Russia, according to official figures.
Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19-linked deaths has been on a downward trend.
Some 670 people have died within 24 hours, the lowest since the summer of 2021. This brings the total number of deaths to 321,990.
A total of 76.5 million people (67.3%) of Russia’s population of 146 million have been fully vaccinated, a figure far from the 80% the authorities are aiming to get. EFE