Russia has reported more than 1,000 daily COVID-related deaths for the first time since the pandemic began at a time when the country has no restrictions.
An official government report on Saturday reported 1,002 deaths and 33,208 new infections, setting a record high for both deaths and cases for the third day in a row.
The lack of strict restrictions has allowed the coronavirus to spread, although a number of regional ones have reintroduced QR codes for access to public places.
The Kremlin has avoided reintroducing major restrictions despite calling the country’s vaccination rate “unacceptably low,” saying this week authorities must ensure “the economy continues to work.”
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