Russia reports 15,772 daily Covid cases

Russia registered 15,772 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 10,585,984, the official coronavirus monitoring and response centre said on Wednesday.
The nationwide death toll grew by 828 to 313,015, while the number of recoveries increased by 25,581 to 9,600,728, Xinhua news agency reported. 

Meanwhile, Moscow, Russia's worst-hit region, reported 2,307 new cases, taking its total to 2,040,649. The Russian capital was followed by St. Petersburg with 1,273 new cases. The level of herd immunity in the country stands at 61.8 per cent, data released on Thursday showed.

Meanwhile, despite an anti-pandemic lockdown currently in force, the number of positive Covid-19 tests in the Netherlands increased by 35 per cent in the past week, compared to the previous week, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) announced on Tuesday. 

The number of positive tests between December 28, 2021 and January 4, 2022 grew to a total of 113,554, compared to 84,398 in the week before that. It is the first increase after a month of decline in the weekly infection figures, Xinhua news agency reported.