Russia Passes 1 Million Covid-19 Cases as Schools Reopen
Russia became the fourth country to pass 1 million confirmed cases of Covid-19, joining the U.S., India and Brazil, on the day schools across the country reopened for the new academic year.
The government’s virus response center reported 4,729 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, bringing the total to 1,000,048. The number of new daily cases has gradually declined from a peak of more than 11,000 in May.
“The situation has stabilized in Russia,” Anna Popova, the head of Russia’s public health regulator, said Monday evening on state-run Rossiya-1 television. “The decrease continues to an extent, but today we are seeing several hot spots, or outbreaks.”
The death toll increased by 123 to 17,299, a mortality rate that remains much lower than that of many other large nations. The number of fatalities is also significantly below those reported by the Federal Statistics Service, which said there were nearly 25,000 Covid-19 related deaths in May and June alone, the most recent data available.
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