Russia Reports 8,855 New CCP Virus Cases, 197 Deaths in Last 24 Hours

By Reuters
June 6, 2020COVID-19
Russia Reports 8,855 New CCP Virus Cases, 197 Deaths in Last 24 Hours
An employee checks the temperature of a visitor at the entrance of the annual book fair on the Red Square in downtown Moscow, on June 6, 2020. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

MOSCOW—Russia reported 8,855 new cases of the CCP virus on Saturday, June 6, pushing the total number of infections to 458,689.

Officials said 197 people died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official nationwide death toll to 5,725.

Russia has the world’s third-highest number of confirmed cases after the United States and Brazil.  A video released by the Russian ministry of defense on Thursday showed the ministry is preparing to launch the testing of a COVID-19 vaccine on humans.

Around 50 volunteers were picked from the ministry staff members, according to the head of Main Military Hospital, Evgeniy Kryukov, and were transported to the medical facility in the Moscow region. Before the tests start, the volunteers are in for 14 days of quarantine to eliminate the risk of being infected with the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.

The vaccine is developed by the Russian Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology.  The head of the center, Alexander Ginsburg, said in an interview with Russian TV channel “Russia 1” that he expects the mass-production of the vaccine at the end of summer.

By Gleb Stolyarov and Maxim Rodionov

NTD staff contributed to this report

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