Russia reported 546 new COVID-19 deaths on June 22, its highest daily death toll since Feb. 11, according to health authorities.
The daily figure brings the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic to 130,347, Russia’s COVID-19 emergency task force reported.
Health authorities also recorded 16,715 new cases, bringing the total number to 5.35 million — the sixth highest in the world.
Authorities blamed the surge in cases on the Delta variant, first identified in India.
President Vladimir Putin warned on June 21 that the COVID-19 situation in some regions throughout the country was worsening.
Officials have began efforts to speed up the slow nationwide vaccination rates.
Authorities have begun efforts to convince people to get vaccinated, such as offering a chance to win new cars for those who receive the vaccine while threatening those who don’t with loss of learnings.
Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov also told reporters that those who were not vaccinated would not be able to work and would face discrimination.
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