Russia recorded its highest single-day COVID-19 death toll with 859 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the country’s anti-coronavirus crisis center on Sept. 28.
The new deaths bring the total number to 205,531, according to official figures, ranking Russia with the highest death toll in Europe and fifth in the world.
The previous record was at 828 deaths last Sept. 24.
Figures also show that Russia reported 21,559 new cases, bringing the nationwide tally to 4,464,708 cases since the pandemic began.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Russia ranks seventh in the highest COVID-19 cases in the world.
The surge is due to the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus and it comes amid slow vaccination rates.
According to Our World in Data, only 32.78% of the Russian population has received the vaccine — with 28.65% being fully vaccinated and 4.13% being only partly vaccinated.
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