Coronavirus: Russia’s Cases Rise By Over 10,000 for Second Consecutive Day

Overall, 1,356 people have been killed by the virus so far in Russia. Image - Valery Sharifulin / TASS
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Russia confirmed 10,581 new coronavirus infections Monday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 145,268.

Russia is now the seventh most-affected country in terms of infections, having surpassed China, Turkey and Iran last week.

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Thursday confirmed that he has the coronavirus, making him the highest-ranking official in Russia to contract the virus.

Seventy-six people died over the past 24 hours, bringing the total toll to 1,356.

Russia is emerging as a new hotspot for the coronavirus as many countries in western Europe begin steps to ease lockdown measures after their rates of new infections and deaths dropped.

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Despite the sharp rise in cases, Russia’s official fatality rate has remained low in comparison to countries including Italy, Spain and the United States.

Moscow has emerged as the epicentre of the pandemic in Russia, with around half the total coronavirus cases. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has warned that “the threat is apparently on the rise” and urged residents to respect confinement rules and anti-virus measures over the May holidays.

 

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