Russia virus cases soar again as Delta strain sparks resurgence

Russia on July 4 counted more than 25,000 new daily infections after a week of record death tolls as the highly contagious Delta variant propels a global resurgence of the pandemic.

The coronavirus has killed nearly four million people worldwide, forcing numerous nations to reimpose restrictions well over a year after the outbreak of the pandemic.

Moscow has so far ruled out a new lockdown, but July 4's 25,142 infections were the biggest figure since January 2.
Record virus deaths were registered five days in a row rising to 697 on July 3, before dropping to 663 for July 4.

Widespread skepticism and a sluggish rollout has seen only 16 percent of Russia's 146 million people vaccinated.
President Vladimir Putin is urging Russians to get vaccinated and "listen to experts" rather than rumours.

Asia is on the frontline again with Bangladesh's 168 million population under a strict week-long nationwide lockdown patrolled by police and troops.

The city of Khulna, bordering India, has become Bangladesh's virus hotspot in a dire new Delta surge with hospitals barely able to cope.

Indonesia imposed a partial lockdown on July 3, a day after also reporting more than 25,000 cases and 539 deaths, both new daily records.

Mosques, restaurants and shopping malls were shuttered in the capital Jakarta, across the main island of Java and on Bali after the daily caseload quadrupled in less than a month.

The Delta variant accounts for more than 80 percent of new cases in some areas, Indonesia's health ministry has said.

"The stricter restrictions came too late," said Jakarta resident Maya Puspita Sari.

"Before, people who got COVID-19 were strangers, but now it's also the people closest to me who are...

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