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Moscow's death toll from confirmed COVID-19 cases rises by 66

The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 6,187 in the city

MOSCOW, October 22. /TASS/. The death toll from confirmed coronavirus cases has risen by 66 in Moscow over the past 24 hours, the Russian capital’s anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Wednesday.

"As many as 66 patients have passed away in Moscow. Their diagnoses of pneumonia were confirmed and they tested positive for the coronavirus infection," the center informed.

The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 6,187 in Moscow. As of October 21, Moscow recorded more than 377,000 COVID-19 cases and about 289,000 recoveries.

In late December 2019, Chinese officials informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 40.8 million people have been infected worldwide and more than 1.12 million deaths have been reported.

To date, 1,447,335 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 1,096,560 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 24,952 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.