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Russia’s daily COVID-19 cases below 20,000 for first time since June 23

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Russia reported 19,454 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the first time the daily tally has dipped below 20,000 since June 23 as authorities blamed a case surge on the infectious Delta variant.

The government coronavirus task force also reported 776 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours nationwide.

Photo: Russian man wearing protective face mask walks on the street during pandemic of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in Moscow, Russia . EPA-EFE/YURI KOCHETKOV