Record number of daily deaths from COVID-19 in Russia. This is the fifth time in a week that deaths have reached a new record high. According to the national coronavirus task force, 890 deaths have been recorded in the last day, up from 887 on Friday.
The committee said the number of new infections over the past day was the second highest of the year at 25,769. Health workers have pointed out that infections are multiplying, especially in the younger population.
At the Stavropol cemetery the number of burials is 50% higher than a year ago. So far, the country has reported 209,918 deaths from COVID-19, although official statistics on excess deaths in the same period are three times higher.
The Russian capital remains the main focus of the pandemic, with 4,294 new cases in the last day, followed by St Petersburg with 2,463 new infections. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases detected in the country to 7,586,536.
Authorities attribute the increase in cases mainly to the spread of the delta variant, which is more contagious than the previous variants. Russia has not been able to bring down its infection and death toll since the June wave, although there was a brief respite at the end of August.
At the same time, Russians remain reluctant to get vaccinated, frustrating government plans to vaccinate 60% of the Russian population by the end of the year. So far only 42.5 million Russians, or 29.1% of the population, have received the full regimen.