23 Sep 2021 12:08

Coronavirus morbidity spikes in Russia to 21,438 in past 24 hours, death toll grows to 820 - HQ

MOSCOW. Sept 23 (Interfax) - Russia has registered 21,438 new cases of Covid-19, which is significantly more than on September 22, and 820 deaths, which correlates to the latest all-time highs, in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Thursday.

"Over the past day, 21,438 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 1,814 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (8.5%)," the headquarters said.

Daily coronavirus morbidity in Russia grew by 1,732 from 19,706 cases reported on Wednesday.

The morbidity levels reported on Thursday correlate to those of August 19, when Russia saw 21,058 infections and a subsequent decline in cases. The situation stabilized over that period after the July spike triggered by the Delta variant. Now, epidemiologists say that the number of coronavirus infections will be growing due to seasonal factors.

Moscow has also seen a surge in infections to 3,445 new cases, the largest number since the end of July. There were 1,991 new cases of Covid-19 in Moscow on Wednesday.

Besides the increase in new cases, Russia has seen three consecutive days of coronavirus mortality growth. Over the past day, 820 patients died from Covid-19, which corresponds to the earlier all-time high reported on August 26.

Most deaths were reported from Moscow (54), as well as St. Petersburg (53 vs. 43 the day before) and the Sverdlovsk region (36).

Since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic in Russia, it has registered a total of 7,354,995 cases of Covid-19, including 201,445 deaths and 6,558,780 recoveries, including 16,567 recoveries over the past day, among them 1,331 in Moscow.

The Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) said on Thursday that Russia has performed more than 188.2 million Covid-19 diagnostic tests to date, including 499,000 over the past day. As many as 1,223,758 people remain under medical observation.