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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

10 Die in Flu Epidemic

ST. PETERSBURG -- At least 10 people have died in a flu epidemic that has been sweeping across Russia, the Health Ministry said.

Three of the deaths were in St. Petersburg, the Russian city with the second-highest rate of infection, Galina Orlova, a spokeswoman with St. Petersburg's Sanitary-Epidemiological Surveillance Station, which monitors infectious disease outbreaks, said Friday.

Volgograd, in the south, is the worst affected. In total, more than 2 million people have the flu, and it's reached epidemic levels in 33 Russian regions, said Tamara Frolochkina, a Health Ministry official in Moscow.

Doctors registered 15,123 new cases in St. Petersburg on Thursday f well above the 9,000 new cases daily which defines epidemic levels in this city of 5 million. In all, 120,000 city residents are now sick, said Oleg Kiselyov, an epidemiologist. More than 30 schools have closed, since 60 percent of flu-sufferers are children, Orlova said.