May 12, 2020 / 8:14 AM / 20 days ago

Russia reports 10,899 new coronavirus cases, surpasses UK tally

An interior view shows a pavilion of Crocus exhibition center following the decision of local authorities to turn it into a temporary hospital amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Moscow, Russia, May 11, 2020. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Tuesday reported 10,899 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total past that of Britain to 232,243, the third highest total worldwide.

The country’s coronavirus response centre said the death toll from the virus rose by 107 people to 2,116.

Russia puts the continued daily rise in cases down to widespread testing. It has carried out more than 5.8 million tests.

Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov, Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Alison Williams

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