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Russia records more than 14K new coronavirus cases, setting single-day record

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Russian health officials reported more than 14,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, setting a single-day record for the country, which has struggled to reduce its rate of new infections as many other nations have seen new infections decline.

The Moscow Times first reported the data, which was announced on a Russian government website detailing the country’s coronavirus response.

Some 239 people died from COVID-19 across Russia on Wednesday, a number that lagged behind both Russia’s previous daily total and the United States’ last available daily total, which was 351 on Monday.

Russia’s continued surge of cases comes as the global death toll from COVID-19 has passed 1 million and several countries have struggled with reducing their rates of new infections. In the U.S., the rate of new infections remains higher than during the spring, when cases spiked.

The Moscow Times reported Wednesday that 90 percent of hospital beds across Russia are occupied, even though 1 in 4 new COVID-19 infections in the country have been asymptomatic, suggesting that a further rise in new infections could overload the hospital system.

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed in August that his country’s scientists had developed a workable vaccine for the coronavirus, which he said at the time “works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks.”

Numerous companies are working around the world on vaccine trials for COVID-19, though none have yet reached the stage of public distribution.

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