Russia reports record number of new coronavirus cases, deaths

FILE PHOTO: Medical specialists wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) take care of a patient at the temporary hospital set up in the automobile shopping centre, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Moscow, Russia, in this picture released October 30, 2020. Alexander Avilov/Moscow News Agency/Handout via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s daily tally of new coronavirus cases surged to a record high of 19,768 on Wednesday, including 5,826 in Moscow, taking the national tally to 1,693,454 since the pandemic began.

Authorities also reported 389 deaths in the last 24 hours, a record high that pushed the official death toll to 29,217.

Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Edmund Blair