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Russian Covid records tumble as country is slammed by surge of cases

Moscow, Oct 17 (EFE).- Russia, where most people are not vaccinated against coronavirus, on Sunday set a new record for daily Covid-19 infections for the fourth day in a row.

Authorities reported over 34,300 coronavirus cases and 997 deaths in the last 24 hours, a day after it broke the grim milestone of 1,000 deaths from or with Covid in a single day.

Sergey Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, said the worsening situation could force the return of certain temporary restrictions but ruled out a total shutdown of the economy there.

Authorities have been calling on people to get vaccinated, insisting it is the only way to stop the virus’ spread in a country that only has Russian-made inoculations available.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said Saturday that the country has “been recording quite high mortality rates in recent months”, adding that, “the main preventive measure that helps protect an individual and helps avoid a fatal outcome is vaccination.”

Only 45.8 million people — just under a third — of  Russia’s 145 million-population have been fully inoculated, according to official figures. EFE

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