Russia admits COVID death toll is three times higher than reported

Russia has admitted its coronavirus death toll is more than three times higher than previously reported.

New figures show that more than 186,000 Russians have died from the virus, up from the 55,265 the country officially reported.

This means that Russia has the third-highest number of fatalities, moving ahead of India and sitting behind only the US and Brazil.

Russia has reported more than three million infections since the beginning of the pandemic but its comparatively low fatality rate had raised eyebrows.