Russia confirmed 5 102 new coronavirus infections Thursday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 907 758.
Over the past 24 hours 124 people have died, bringing the total official toll to 15 384.
Separate figures published Friday by Russia’s statistics agency Rosstat found that the number of deaths from the virus could be much larger than this official tally, updated daily by the country’s coronavirus task force. It found almost 12 000 people with coronavirus died during June alone, with the virus confirmed or believed to be the main cause of death in more than 7 000 cases, while the task force figures showed only 4 880 for the same period.
The highest number of new cases were in Moscow and Sverdlovsk in the Urals.
The Russian Defense Ministry has said it developed a "safe" vaccine following clinical trials on a group of volunteers. The trials are ongoing, and the Defense Ministry expects clinical trials to be fully completed in the coming weeks.
The Brazilian state of Parana signed a deal Wednesday to test and produce Russia's new coronavirus vaccine, though officials stressed they would have to be sure of its safety and effectiveness first.
Russia has registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine early Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin announced amid widespread concerns about the rapidly developed vaccine’s safety.
The vaccine's registration certificate on the Health Ministry website notes that the vaccine, an injection solution called “Sputnik-V,” will enter civilian circulation on Jan. 1, 2021.