MOSCOW (AP) – Russia’s daily death toll from coronavirus hit a new record amid the country’s slow vaccination rate and the government’s reluctance to tighten restrictions.
Russia’s state coronavirus task force reported 936 new deaths on Friday, the third day in a row that daily deaths from COVID-19 exceeded 900. Russia already has the highest death toll in Europe from the pandemic.
More than 214,000, and the authorities’ conservative way of registering COVID. 19 deaths suggest that the true number could be even higher.
A sharp increase in infections and deaths began in late September, with authorities blaming the low vaccination rate.
But the Kremlin has rejected the idea of imposing a new blockade at the national level, delegating the power to tighten restrictions to regional authorities.