Russia's COVID-19 death toll crosses 8,000

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Russia's COVID-19 death toll crosses 8,000
Moscow, Jun 20 (AP) Russia's official COVID-19 death count has risen above 8,000.

The national coronavirus task force on Saturday reported 161 deaths over the past day, bringing the national total in the pandemic to 8,022.

Russia also recorded 7,889 new confirmed cases, the third consecutive day that the number of new cases dipped below 8,000. Overall, Russia has reported 576,982 confirmed cases.

The country's comparatively low virus mortality rate has raised questions both in Russia and in the West, with some suggesting officials may be manipulating the numbers for political purposes.

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Russian officials have bristled at the accusations, citing effective response measures. (AP) IND IND
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