MOSCOW (AP) – Russia’s daily coronavirus death toll topped 900 for the first time in the pandemic on Wednesday, a record that comes amid the country’s low vaccination rate and the government’s reluctance to impose strict restrictions to control new cases.
The Russian state coronavirus task force reported 929 new deaths on Wednesday, the fourth time this month that daily deaths from COVID-19 have reached record levels. The previous record of 895 deaths was recorded on Tuesday.
The task force also reported 25,133 new confirmed cases on Wednesday.
The rise in infections and deaths began in late September. The Kremlin has blamed too few Russians for getting vaccinated. As of Tuesday, nearly 33% of Russia’s 146 million people had received at least one injection of a coronavirus vaccine, and 29% were fully immunized.
Despite the wave, government officials rejected the idea of imposing a lockdown and said regional authorities would take action to stem the spread of the virus.
A number of Russian regions have limited participation in large public events and restricted access to theaters, restaurants and other venues to people who have been vaccinated, recently recovered from COVID-19, or tested negative in the previous 72 hours.
In total, the Russian Coronavirus Task Force has reported more than 7.6 million confirmed cases and more than 212,000 deaths. However, reports from the Russian state statistical service Rosstat that count coronavirus-related deaths retroactively reveal much higher death figures.