Russia's coronavirus death toll passes 19,000

FILE PHOTO: Medical specialists wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) walk outside outside the I.I. Dzhanelidze Research Institute of Emergency Medicine amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Saint Petersburg, Russia June 8, 2020. Picture taken June 8, 2020. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s death toll from the novel coronavirus passed 19,000 on Thursday, as the country reported 144 new deaths in the previous 24 hours.

The country’s coronavirus crisis response centre registered 5,762 new cases, bringing its nationwide tally of infections to 1,085,281, the world’s fourth-highest caseload.

The death toll now stands at 19,061.

Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Hugh Lawson