MOSCOW (AFP) – Russia yesterday reported its highest ever daily coronavirus death toll of 150, even though the number of new infections fell below 9,000 for the third day in a row.
Health officials reported a total of 3,249 deaths and 326,448 cases, the second-highest number of infections in the world after the United States.
There were 8,894 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to a government tally, while 7,144 people recovered.
The strongman leader of Russia’s southern Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, was receiving treatment for a suspected coronavirus infection, news agencies reported on Thursday citing sources, though his aides did not confirm it.
One of Russia’s most high-profile virus cases, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, returned to work this week after receiving treatment for the illness in hospital.