Kremlin says Russian healthcare under 'maximum' pressure due to COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: Medical specialists transport a person on a stretcher outside a hospital for patients infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia October 15, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Thursday that Russia’s healthcare system was under “maximum” pressure due to COVID-19 and that more than 90% of hospital beds in some regions were full.

Russia’s daily tally of coronavirus cases surged to a record high of 17,717 on Thursday. Authorities also reported a record toll of 366 deaths in the past 24 hours, pushing the official death toll to 27,301.

Reporting by Dmitry Antonov and Andrew Osborn; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alison Williams