CORONAVIRUS CASES IN RUSSIA RISE BY RECORD DAILY AMOUNT, MORTALITY RATE SLOWS

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia on Sunday recorded its highest daily rise in confirmed coronavirus cases with 10,633 new cases, bringing the total to 134,687, with more than half of cases and deaths in Moscow.

Russia has recorded 10,633 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, the highest daily rise since the outbreak began in the country. The increase brings Russia’s total number of coronavirus cases to 134,686, the seventh-highest tally in the world.

But Russia’s mortality rate remains low relative to other countries, such as the US, Italy, and Spain. Russia’s nationwide death toll rose to 1,280 on Sunday after 58 people died in the last 24 hours, Russia’s coronavirus crisis response center said on its website.

 

Russian Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin, confirmed he had been diagnosed with Covid-19, the first senior minister in the country to do so. On Friday, Russia’s housing minister, Vladimir Yakushev, became the second senior minister to be confirmed to have Covid-19.

President Vladimir Putin has ordered the nationwide lockdown to remain in place until May 11 inclusive, when Russia finishes celebrating its Labour Day and World War Two Victory Day holidays.

 

Source: Reuters.com

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