The Latest: Russia hits another record daily death toll

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(Aleksey Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

MOSCOW, RUSSIA (AP) — Russia has reached another record daily death toll from COVID-19, with 968 deaths registered on Saturday.

The national coronavirus task force has reported a persistent rise, with nearly daily records in October. It’s about 100 more daily deaths than in late September.

The task force also reported more than 29,000 new daily infections. Authorities say the steep rise in cases and deaths is because of the nation’s low vaccination rate.

The deputy prime minister says 47.8 million Russians, or 33 percent of the population, have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

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