By Elena Teslova
MOSCOW (AA) - The number of Russians exposed to the novel coronavirus passed 1.5 million on Sunday, officials said.
Over the last 24 hours, 16,710 new COVID-19 infections were registered, taking the total number of active cases to 349,305, the country's virus task force said in its daily report.
Russia, which has a population of around 145 million, has reported over 1,513,877 cases, the fourth largest tally in the world.
Virus-linked fatalities rose by 229, pushing the overall death toll to 26,050, while recoveries went up by 7,704 to more than 1.13 million.
Authorities say it can take about half a year to stabilize the situation, and several years to overcome the harm it has caused.
Despite a rising number of cases, authorities have ruled out blanket restrictions to combat the spread of the disease. Russia was under a nationwide lockdown from the end of March till mid-May.
The city of Moscow, however, has asked businesses that at least a third of their staff must work remotely.
In some regions educational institutions, including schools and universities, have also reverted to remote learning.
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By Elena Teslova