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Russia reports nearly 24,000 new Covid cases, Moscow may have passed peak

MOSCOW: Russia on Saturday reported nearly 24,000 new cases of Covid-19 and a repeat record high daily deaths of 799, but some officials suggested the infection, especially in Moscow, may have peaked.

In Russia, there is a spike in cases in which the authorities blame the more contagious variant of the Delta.

The Coronavirus Task Force has confirmed 23,947 new Covid-19 cases nationwide in the past 24 hours, down about 5% from the previous week. In Moscow, 3,376 new cases were registered, which is 26% less.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the authorities hope the infection in the Russian capital has reached a peak, TASS news agency reported.

“Overall, we are seeing a decline in the incidence,” he said on Friday. “This is, of course, positive, it means that we have passed these peaks, and I hope that there will be further improvement.”

The total number of cases reported since the start of the pandemic in early 2020 in Russia was 6,102,469 on Saturday, with a total population of about 144 million.

The total death toll associated with Covid-19 rose to 153,095, with 799 deaths recorded on Saturday, the highest since July 16, a record high.

The Federal Statistical Agency conducted a separate tally and said that Russia had around 290,000 Covid-19-related deaths from April 2020 to May 2021. Reuters

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