Russia on Tuesday reported 737 deaths from coronavirus, a national record of pandemic-related fatalities over a 24-year period as the country struggles with a further rise in cases.
It is the first time that Russia, the fifth country most affected in the world by the number of infections, has surpassed 700 by daily virus deaths.
Russia has set six new pandemic highs for COVID-19 deaths in the past eight days as it fights a growing outbreak driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant.
In Moscow, the epicenter of Russia’s outbreak, the Delta variant first identified in India now accounts for 90 percent of new cases, city mayor Sergei Sobyanin said.
He has ordered offices to send home a third of employees and restaurants that were not vaccinated to allow only customers who have been vaccinated or infected in the last six months.
It has also ordered that 60 per cent of service industry workers should be fully inoculated by mid-August.
As of Tuesday, only 1.8 million of Moscow’s 12 million population had been completely vaccinated, according to the Gogov website, which calculates COVID data from the regions.
Nationally, the total was only 18.2 million of Russia’s 146 million people.
Authorities are facing a population skeptical of the vaccine, with an independent poll this week showing that 54% of Russians have no plans to get a COVID shot.
The Kremlin had set itself the goal of completely inoculating 60% of Russia’s population in September, but conceded last week that it would not be able to achieve that goal, although there have been free classics since early December.
With 139,316 deaths from the virus, Russia has the highest official COVID number in Europe, even when authorities have been accused of minimizing the severity of the country’s outbreak.
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