Russia’s new COVID-19 cases at fresh three-month high

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Russia on Friday reported 12,505 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, its highest number of daily infections since late February, taking the national tally to 5,180,454 since the pandemic began.

The government’s coronavirus task force said 396 people had died, pushing the national death toll to 125,674. The federal statistics agency has kept a separate toll and has said that Russia recorded around 270,000 deaths related to COVID-19 between April 2020 and April 2021.

Photo: A man wearing a protective face mask walks past a souvenir store in St. Petersburg, Russia. EPA-EFE/ANATOLY MALTSEV