Russia records almost 23,000 new COVID cases

12:31, 12 January 2021
Russia records almost 23,000 new COVID cases Photo: Andrey Nikerichev/MSK Agency

Medical specialists identified 22,934 new COVID-19 cases in 85 regions of the Russian Federation over the past day.

As many as 12.3% of the new patients had not developed any clinical symptoms of the disease.

In total, 3,448,203 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus in Russia since the pandemic onset.

Over the past day, Russian hospitals discharged 24,755 COVID-19 patients after their full recovery. In total, 2,825,430 Russians have managed to cope with the disease during the epidemic.

Meanwhile, 531 people died due to COVID-related health complications, which brought the country's total coronavirus death toll to 62,804.

Most of the new cases were recorded in the Moscow city – 5,001, St. Petersburg – 2,731, and the Moscow oblast – 1,083.

More than 94.2 million COVID tests have been done in Russia since the pandemic onset.

To date, 618,114 Russians remain under medical supervision due to either suspected or detected coronavirus infection.

More than 91.4 million people globally have contracted the virus since the onset of the pandemic. The deadly pathogen has claimed over 1.95 million lives, though unable to cope with 65.4 million patients who managed to recover.

WHO announced the coronavirus pandemic on March 11, 2020. The outbreak began in China in late 2019, with the first cases reported in Wuhan, Hubei Province. According to preliminary estimations, the city's wet market became the source of COVID-19.

World Health Organization (WHO) chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said that herd immunity to the coronavirus would not be achieved in 2021, despite the growing availability of vaccines.