In the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 11 385 cases of COVID-19 and 475 deaths due to a disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The total case count going up to 4 312 181and 88 726 deaths, the anti-coronavirus crisis center informed.
- Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ended mandatory stay-at-home orders for over-65s and people with chronic illnesses Friday, lifting one of the Russian capital's last remaining coronavirus restrictions.
- Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine has been authorized in Iraq, Laos and Sri Lanka, The Russian Direct Investment Fund announced Thursday.
- More than 2 million Russians have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine, President Vladimir Putin announced Thursday. Another 2 million have had the first vaccine dose.
- Russia recorded more than 55 000 excess deaths in January, data from the country’s official statistics agency (Rosstat) published Friday showed. Since the start of the pandemic until the end of January — the latest such data is available — Russia has now recorded 394 000 more deaths than in the previous period. That represents a 24% increase in fatality and one of the highest excess death tolls in the world, even after adjusting for population.
- Health authorities in Angola, Congo and Djibouti have authorized Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, its developers confirmed Wednesday.
- Georgia will be open to Russian tourists from March 1, Russia's TASS news agency reported Wednesday citing Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili. All tourists arriving in Georgia will be required to present a negative coronavirus test result or vaccination certificate.