Russia sees record daily virus infections

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russia registered a record daily number of new coronavirus infections yesterday, surpassing its previous high from May.

Officials reported 12,126 new infections, edging above the previous high of 11,656 on May 11 and bringing the number of confirmed cases to 1,272,238 – the fourth highest in the world.

Widespread restrictions were lifted after new cases began to drop in May, and officials have shown no sign of moving to reimpose such broad measures.

But the head of consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor described the situation as increasingly difficult and warned new measures could lie ahead.

“Either we observe (restrictions) or we will have to introduce new measures,” said Russia’s Chief State Sanitary Doctor Anna Popova.

The highest city with the most number of cases Moscow has re-imposed some measures last month.

The capital’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered over-65s to stay at home and told employers to keep at least a third of their staff working from home.

Russia has confirmed 22,257 deaths, but critics have accused officials of under reporting deaths.