Russia records 244 deaths from coronavirus in one day, a record

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Russia records 244 deaths from coronavirus in one day, a record


Russia announced on Tuesday (13) 244 deaths caused by the covid-19 in 24 hours, a record since the beginning of the pandemic in the country, which faces the second wave of the disease.


Health professional transports patient to Kommunarka hospital in Moscow region on October 9, 2020


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Health professional transports patient to Kommunarka hospital in Moscow region on October 9, 2020


In addition, the country recorded more than 13,000 new contagions for the third consecutive day.

In total, 1.32 million infections and 22,966 deaths have been detected in the country since March.

Russian authorities continue to insist, however, that the death rate is lower than that recorded in Western European countries, the United States or Brazil, where the number of daily deaths has exceeded one thousand in the worst moments of the pandemic.

But according to some scientists, the number of fatalities in Russia may be much higher, as Moscow only accounts for cases in which covid-19 is the leading cause of death.

The previous record was 232 deaths in 24 hours, on May 29, during confinement.

Despite the increase in numbers, the Russian authorities claim to control the situation and wish to avoid further containment measures.

To reduce the disease curve, Russia relies on the effectiveness of the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, called Sputnik-V, which is currently being tested on 40,000 volunteers.

Many international scientists, however, question the treatment, as Russian research has not been published and its effectiveness was announced after tests of scarce reach in only dozens of people.

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