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Russia reports 23,704 new COVID-19 cases, 783 deaths

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MOSCOW, July 21 (Reuters) - Russia reported 23,704 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, including 3,254 in Moscow, taking the official national tally since the pandemic began to 6,030,240.

The government coronavirus task force said 783 people had died of coronavirus-linked causes in the past 24 hours, pushing the national death toll to 150,705.

The federal statistics agency has kept a separate count and has said Russia recorded around 290,000 deaths related to COVID-19 from April 2020 to May 2021. (Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Timothy Heritage)