Delta virus hits Russia for 3rd day in a row with new single-day death toll

Russia’s Wuhan pneumonia epidemic is heating up, with 672 patients dying in the past 24 hours, the highest number of deaths in a single day for three consecutive days, according to official figures today.

The president, Vladimir Putin, also called on state television Wednesday for people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Russia recorded 652 new deaths on Tuesday, 669 on Wednesday and another record number of deaths in a single day on Thursday, bringing the total to 135,886. 23,543 more cases were confirmed, the highest number of new cases in a single day since January 17, bringing the total number of infected cases to 5,538,142.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has said that 90% of the new cases in the Russian capital are due to the Delta virus. He has ordered that 60 percent of Moscow’s service sector workers be fully vaccinated by mid-August, and more than a dozen local governments have since followed suit.

The Kremlin previously set a goal of fully vaccinating 60 percent of the Russian population by September, but this week acknowledged it would not meet that goal. Statistics show that as of Thursday, only about 12 percent of Russia’s 146 million people, or 17.4 million people, had been fully vaccinated.

The majority of the Russian public remains highly skeptical of vaccines, especially Russian-made ones, with independent polls showing that 60 percent of Russians do not plan to get vaccinated.