21 May 2020
Russia reports 8,849 new COVID-19 cases, spread continues to slow

Russia reports 8,849 new COVID-19 cases, spread continues to slow

Petr Kovalev / TASS

Russian authorities confirmed 8,849 new coronavirus cases on Thursday morning, bringing the country's infections total past 317,000.

The country's confirmed COVID-19 case total now stands at 317,554. The updated figures also indicate that Russia's death toll has exceeded 3,000.

Russia's fresh infections count has not exceeded 10,000 in the past six days, indicating a possible plateau in the infections rate. The country reported 8,926 cases on May 18, followed by 9,263 cases on May 19 and 8,764 cases on May 20.

Russia's highest one-day coronavirus tally - 11,656 cases - was posted on Monday, May 11. The country is in second place worldwide in terms of total confirmed COVID-19 infections - the US is in first with over 1.55 million cases.

The statistics include 127 new deaths (3,099 in total) and 7,289 new recoveries (92,681 in total). The number of people recovering recently exceeded the number of people testing positive.

The majority of new infections (2,913) were reported in Moscow. Moscow's COVID-19 case tally is now 155,219 - it is the country's most-affected area in terms of total confirmed cases. The Moscow region reported the second-largest increase in infections (892 new cases; 30,983 total), followed by St. Petersburg (408 new cases; 12,203 total) and the Krasnoyarsk region (376 new cases; 2,821 total).

Moscow and the Moscow region will remain on lockdown until May 31. The wearing of masks and protective gloves in public places in Moscow is now mandatory. Other Russian regions have begun easing quarantine measures.

As of 10.00 GMT on May 21, there are over 5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University's latest data. The virus has claimed the lives of over 328,400 people. Over 1.9 million patients have recovered.