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Russia’s new COVID-19 cases surge to highest since January

MOSCOW — Russia on Thursday reported 20,182 new COVID-19 cases, the most confirmed in a single day since Jan. 24, amid a wave of infections that authorities blame on the Delta variant and the slow progress of the vaccination program.

The government coronavirus taskforce also confirmed 568 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours. Both Moscow and St Petersburg recorded the most deaths in a single day since the pandemic began. (Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alison Williams)

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