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On Tuesday 28th September, health officials reported 852 deaths, as cases continue to climb despite low vaccine adoption rates.
Highest death toll
During a surge in illnesses fueled by the extremely contagious Delta strain and a faltering mass vaccination program, Russia has experienced its biggest single-day coronavirus death toll.
Authorities reported 852 deaths in the previous 24 hours on Tuesday. On September 24, there were 828 deaths, which set a new record for a single day.
According to official estimates, Russia has documented more than 205,000 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began.
The death toll is the worst in Europe and the seventh highest overall.
Concerns are growing that a fourth wave of illnesses is underway, only weeks after millions of Russian students returned to their classrooms.
Sudden increase in the number of deaths
The state coronavirus task force has been reporting over 21,000 new cases each day since last Thursday, up from an average of roughly 18,000 in mid-September.
On Tuesday, authorities reported 21,559 new infections, down from 22,236 on Monday.
Despite the growing workload, little public limitations have been imposed across the country. Early this year, Russia was placed on a six-week lockdown.
Fears of an increase in illnesses have prompted authorities in Moscow’s capital to tighten rules on mandatory mask-wearing.
According to Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova, the Delta variant currently accounts for all instances in the city. Which is causing havoc in many parts of country.
The vaccination processes
In comparison to most European countries, Russia’s vaccination rates have remained low, with only 32% of the country’s 146 million people partially vaccinated and 28% fully vaccinated.
Despite the fact that free vaccinations have been available since early December, the Kremlin initially set a goal of fully inoculating 60 percent of Russia’s population by September.
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