Russia's COVID-19 cases hit record high, since the pandemic began
August 18, 2022
Europe

Russia’s COVID-19 cases hit record high

MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – Authorities in Moscow were planning to close bars and nightclubs to prevent a second coronavirus wave. The number of new daily cases surged on Friday, the highest since the pandemic began.

Russia reported 12,126 new infections, pushing the overall total to 1,272,238.

The Kremlin has said there are no plans to impose a lockdown for now.

The RBC media outlet reported on Friday, citing a a source at the mayor’s office, “We have to at least somehow reduce the number of people in the city, otherwise we may arrive at the same strict restrictions as we had in the spring.”

Officials said on Friday that 201 people had died of COVID-19, in the last 24 hours, pushing the official death toll to 22,257.

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