Russia's daily COVID-19 deaths, cases surge to record highs

FILE PHOTO: Medical specialists walk inside a hospital for patients infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Moscow, Russia October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia on Thursday reported a record 986 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours as well as 31,299 new cases, its highest one-day infection tally since the pandemic began.

The Kremlin has blamed the rising death toll on Russia’s slow vaccination campaign.

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