Russia reports 798 COVID-19 deaths

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Russia on Friday reported 798 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours as well as 19,509 new cases, including 1,509 in Moscow.

Official case numbers have been gradually falling since a surge of infections that was blamed on the contagious Delta variant peaked in July.

Photo: A man wearing protective mask walks in the street in front of a graffiti on the wall of building amid the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Moscow, Russia. EPA-EFE/YURI KOCHETKOV