Russia reports record Covid deaths as official toll reaches 210,000
More than 25,000 new cases on Monday as country battles Delta wave with low vaccine takeup
Russia has reported record Covid deaths for four of the past six days, as it experiences a devastating fourth wave caused by the infectious Delta variant and a low vaccination rate of under 30% of the adult population.
On Monday 883 deaths and 25,781 new coronavirus cases were recorded, taking the official death toll to 210,000. Calculations based on publicly available mortality data suggest that the “excess death” toll between the start of the pandemic and July this year is nearly 600,000.