Russia now becomes world’s 4th highest COVID-19 affected country

Russia has now confirmed that its coronavirus cases crossed the 1 million mark on Tuesday as authorities reported 4,729 new cases.

The country’s current total of 1,000,048 reported cases, has made it the fourth largest caseload in the world after the US, Brazil and India. Over 815,000 people have so far recovered, authorities said, and more than 17,000 have died.

But due to limited testing, missed mild cases and concealment of cases by some governments, among other factors, experts say the true toll of the pandemic is much higher than all reported figures.

As of Tuesday, Russia has lifted most lockdown restrictions in the majority of the country’s regions.

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Just last month, authorities in Russian announced the approval of the first ever Covid-19 vaccine, a move that some Western experts met with skepticism and unease as the shots were only tested on a few dozen people. Last week, officials announced starting advanced trials of the vaccine among 40,000 people.

At the moment it remains unclear whether vaccination of risk groups, such as doctors and teachers announced earlier this year will be part of the trials or carried out in parallel.

The country’s President, Vladimir Putin said last month that one of his daughters had already been vaccinated.

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