Russia on Saturday reported its highest single-day death toll since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

The virus claimed the lives of 66 people over the past 24 hours, taking Russia’s death toll to 681, the country’s emergency team said in a statement.

The overall case count rose to 74,558 after 5,966 more people tested positive for COVID-19 since yesterday, it added.

According to Russia’s chief sanitary officer Anna Popova, the spread of the virus in the country has happened mostly through 355 hard-hit areas.

She said the growing number of asymptomatic cases, which account for

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