Russia Sees Record COVID Cases, No Lockdown Plan

The Guardian reports:

Russia on Tuesday reported its highest daily coronavirus fatalities since the start of the pandemic, with 244 deaths in the past 24 hours, but said it had no plans to reintroduce a lockdown.

The country on Tuesday also reached a record number of new daily infections, at almost 14,000. Russia is the fourth worst-hit country in the world by number of infections – behind the US, India and Brazil – with a total of more than 1.3 million cases.

The head of the country’s health watchdog Anna Popova said: “Despite the fact that we see these figures are growing, in Russia we are not talking about shutting down the economy, halting activity or business. We do not see the sense in doing this.”