Russia reports record 29,350 new virus cases

MOSCOW — Russia has reported 29,350 new coronavirus cases, the country’s biggest daily surge.

Russia’s total of over 2.8 million confirmed cases remains the fourth largest in the world. The state coronavirus task force has also reported over 51,000 deaths.

Russia has been swept by a resurgence of the virus this fall, with numbers of cases and deaths significantly exceeding those reported in the spring. Nevertheless, Russian authorities have rejected the idea of another nationwide lockdown or widespread closure of businesses.

Earlier this month, mass vaccinations started in Russia with Sputnik V — a domestically developed coronavirus vaccine that is still undergoing advanced studies among tens of thousands of people needed to ensure its safety and effectiveness.

Russia has been widely criticised for giving Sputnik V regulatory approval in August after it had only been tested on a few dozen people. Despite expert warnings against its wider use until late-stage trials are completed, the authorities started offering it to medical workers within weeks after approval.