Number of Coronavirus cases in Russia rise by more than 10,000 in one-day record

Number of Coronavirus cases in Russia rise by more than 10,000 in one-day record
Number of Coronavirus cases in Russia rise by more than 10,000 in one-day record

According to data released by the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (EDCD), the number of Coronavirus cases in Russia has risen by more than 10,000. It is the highest daily increase in Russia since the outbreak began.

In the last 24 hour period a total of 10.633 new cases of Coronavirus / Covid-19 were recorded bringing the total number to 134.686 making Russia the country with the seventh highest number in the world.

On Sunday, the EDCD (https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/cases-2019-ncov-eueea) published the following:

As of 3 May 2020, 1 154 757 cases have been reported in the EU/EEA and the UK: Spain (216 582), Italy (209 328), United Kingdom (182 260), Germany (162 496), France (130 979), Belgium (49 517), Netherlands (40 236), Portugal (25 190), Sweden (22 082), Ireland (21 176), Austria (15 558), Poland (13 375), Romania (12 732), Denmark (9 407), Norway (7 759), Czechia (7 755), Finland (5 179), Luxembourg (3 812), Hungary (2 998), Greece (2 620), Croatia (2 088), Iceland (1 798), Estonia (1 699), Bulgaria (1 594), Slovenia (1 439), Slovakia (1 407), Lithuania (1 406), Latvia (871), Cyprus (864), Malta (467) and Liechtenstein (83).

As of 3 May 2020, 135 226 deaths have been reported in the EU/EEA and the UK: Italy (28 710), United Kingdom (28 131), Spain (25 100), France (24 760), Belgium (7 765), Germany (6 649), Netherlands (4 987), Sweden (2 669), Ireland (1 265), Portugal (1 023), Romania (771), Poland (664), Austria (596), Denmark (475), Hungary (340), Czechia (245), Finland (220), Norway (204), Greece (143), Slovenia (94), Luxembourg (92), Croatia (77), Bulgaria (72), Estonia (53), Lithuania (46), Slovakia (24), Cyprus (20), Latvia (16), Iceland (10), Malta (4) and Liechtenstein (1).

Despite the number of cases, however, the death rate in Russia is still fairly low when compared with other international countries such as the USA, Italy, and Spain. The number of deaths reported to date in Russia is 1.280 with Moscow being the hardest hit area.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, warned the residents not to be complacent and said that the city had not yet passed the peak. Two percent of the city’s 12 million residents (approximately 250.000) have so far tested positive for Coronavirus but this number saw a sharp increase on Sunday. An additional 5.948 people were added to the number of active cases. This has been put down to an increase in tests – 40.000 people were screened in just one day. Moscow is currently under strict lockdown and Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has warned Russians to brace themselves for a “gruelling case of the pandemic” saying that the situation in the country is still “very serious”.

Last week two senior officials were diagnosed with Coronavirus. Russian Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin, and housing minister, Vladimir Yakushev, have both been confirmed positive with the virus.

Around half of the new cases are asymptomatic but the virus is affecting health workers and is beginning to put a strain on the health system in Moscow where some 1.700 people are admitted each day.

Furthermore, the virus is now spreading out of Moscow and into other regions of the country where hospitals are far worse equipped with many medics and health workers not having access to adequate PPE.

The nationwide no-working period in Russia has now been extended until May 11 with the Russian President admitting that the “peak is not behind us” and also coceding that there is a shortage of PPE for healthcare workers on the frontline.

Putin has said that restrictions may be eased from May 12. Each region will be assessed individually.

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