MOSCOW, Russia | Russia on Thursday recorded a record of daily deaths from COVID-19 for the third day in a row, in a context of slow vaccination and absence of containment measures despite the wave of the Delta variant.
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In the last 24 hours, 867 people have died from the coronavirus in the country, according to the report published by the Russian government, a figure higher than the 857 deaths the day before.
The number of new contaminations rose to 23,888, a level that had not been reached since the end of July.
Since mid-June, Russia has been brutally hit by the more contagious Delta variant of the virus.
The epidemic is multiplied tenfold by a laborious vaccination campaign, the authorities’ refusal to introduce stricter sanitary or containment measures and the lack of respect of the population for the use of masks.
According to figures from the specialized site Gogov, only 28.9% of Russians are currently fully vaccinated, while there are four national vaccines.
Russia is the hardest hit country in Europe with 207,255 dead, according to government figures.
In late July, the Rosstat statistics institute, which has a broader definition of deaths from COVID-19, reported more than 350,000 deaths.
The situation is particularly dire in Moscow, the capital, which registered 3,998 new cases and 62 deaths on Thursday, as well as in St. Petersburg with 2,077 new infections and 56 deaths.