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COVID-19: Russia reporting a record daily tenfold spike in cases

Russia is reporting ten times more cases recorded month ago, a record daily count of new coronavirus infection.

The figure of 189,071 new infections released by the state coronavirus task force on Sunday was about 2,800 cases more than the previous day and continued a surge that began in mid-January, when daily new cases were around 17,000.

Although the number of infections has increased dramatically in recent weeks, the task force reported that daily deaths from Covid-19 are holding steady or marginally declining: 661 more deaths were recorded Sunday, compared with 796 on Jan. 6.

For the entire course of the pandemic, the task force has reported 12.8 million infections and 335,414 deaths, the highest death toll by far in Europe.

Despite the soaring infections, Russian authorities are not planning any lockdowns or other additional restrictions. Moreover, the government lifted the seven-day self-isolation restrictions for those who come into contact with Covid-19 patients.

In recent weeks, authorities have started introducing restrictions for those under 18, as officials noted that the current surge is affecting children much more than the previous ones.

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