May 12, 2020 / 7:39 AM / 23 days ago

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

FILE PHOTO: Medical specialists wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) work at the infectious disease ward of the Vishnevsky Institute of Surgery, where patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are treated, in Moscow, Russia May 8, 2020. Sofya Sandurskaya/Moscow News Agency/Handout via REUTERS

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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