Sumary of Russia hits new record for COVID-19 deaths, resists lockdown:
- MOSCOW (AP) — Russia hit another record of daily coronavirus deaths Tuesday as the country struggled with a rapid surge of infections and lagging vaccination rates, but authorities have been adamant that there would be no new national lockdown.
- The government coronavirus task force reported 973 coronavirus deaths, the highest daily toll since the start of the pandemic.
- Russia has repeatedly hit record daily death tolls this month, and daily infections also have been hovering near all-time highs, with 28,190 new cases reported Tuesday.
- Despite the rapidly mounting toll, the Kremlin has ruled out a nationwide lockdown, delegating the power to make decisions on toughening coronavirus restrictions to regional authorities.
- Overall, Russia’s coronavirus task force has registered over 7.8 million confirmed cases and 218,345 deaths — the highest death toll in Europe.
- The Russian government has blamed the sharp rise in infections and deaths that began last month on a slow vaccination rate.