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Russia reports record 820 COVID-19 deaths

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Russia on Thursday reported a record 820 coronavirus-related deaths amid a surge of cases blamed on the Delta variant and the slow rate of vaccinations.

The government’s coronavirus task force also reported 19,630 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.

Photo: A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past coronavirus – themed graffiti depicting a medic in Bugry, outside St. Petersburg, Russia. EPA-EFE/ANATOLY MALTSEV