Russia reported more than 1 million cases of COVID-19 in the country on Tuesday, reports said. 

Russia now takes the fourth spot, on countries with the highest cases of COVID-19 in the world where the United States is number one, followed by Brazil and India. 

On Monday, the country reported more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases bringing its official number of cases to almost a million, as per the Moscow Times

Now the country reports a total of 1,000,048 cases, as per an Associated Press report. 

However, according to officials, there are more than 800,000 people who recovered from the virus and around 17,000 deaths. 

Experts, on the other hand, believe the real number is higher, as per AP

This is due to the limited testing and concealment of mild cases of the virus, experts said.  

The COVID-19 cases hitting their one million-mark also coincides with the opening of schools in the country. 

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, announced via state media that students have to follow safety measures against the virus. 

Everyone is required to wear masks except when they are inside the classroom and in a safe distance from one another, as per a Strait Times report. 

Sputnik V, On Its Phase 3 Trial

Russia has been quite vocal with the fast development of its vaccine, Sputnik V, to fight COVID-19.

The Gamaleya National Research Center in Moscow registered the vaccine on August 11th, as per RT; a non-profit organization funded by the Russian Federation. 

Recently, Russia announced that they are now ready to test the vaccine’s efficacy among people.

According to the Moscow Times, Russia plans to start delivering its coronavirus vaccine this September, as per its Health Minister, Mikhail Murashko. 

The vaccine is now on its third trial stage with 40,000 volunteers, as per RT

Moreover, around 2,000 among the 40,000 volunteers are already chosen.

According to Murashko, the state will prioritize supplying teachers and health care workers who volunteered for the trial. 

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