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Deaths from COVID-19 in Russia reach record for second day in a row

MOSCOW (AP) – Coronavirus deaths in Russia hit record highs for the second day in a row on Thursday, as new daily cases appeared to be on a downward trend but still remained higher than during previous waves of the pandemic.

Russia’s state coronavirus task force reported 1,251 people have died from COVID-19 since the day before, the most since Russia had its first virus outbreak in March 2020. The previous record of 1,247 deaths was recorded on Wednesday.

The task force also reported 37,374 new confirmed cases. Until this week, Russian authorities had recorded higher daily numbers of cases since late October.

Health experts have attributed the recent increase in infections and deaths to low vaccination rates and a lax attitude by the public to taking precautions. Less than 40% of Russia’s nearly 146 million people have been fully vaccinated, even though the country approved a domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine months ahead of the rest of the world.

To increase vaccination rates, the government said new restrictions would come into effect next year and restrict access to many public places, as well as domestic and international trains and flights, to those who have been fully vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19 or are medically exempt from vaccination.

Officials have urged Russians to get vaccinated in the meantime.

In total, the coronavirus task force has reported more than 9.2 million confirmed infections and more than 260,000 COVID-19 deaths, by far the highest death toll in Europe. Some experts believe the actual figure is even higher.

Reports from the Russian statistical service, Rosstat, that the coronavirus-related deaths retrospectively reveal a much higher mortality. They say 462,000 people have died with COVID-19 between April 2020 and September this year.

Russian officials have said the task force includes only deaths for which COVID-19 was the main cause, and uses data from medical facilities. Rosstat uses broader criteria for counting virus-related deaths and gets his figures from the registry office where the registration of a death is completed.

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