20 May 2020
Russia reports 8,764 new COVID-19 infections, recoveries exceed new cases for the first time

Russia reports 8,764 new COVID-19 infections, recoveries exceed new cases for the first time

Dmitri Lovetsky / AP

Russian authorities confirmed 8,764 new coronavirus cases on May 20, bringing the country's infections total past 300,000.

The country's confirmed COVID-19 case total now stands at 308,705.

Russia's fresh infections count has not exceeded 10,000 in the past five days, indicating a possible plateau in the infections rate. May 17 saw the country report 9,709 new cases, followed by 8,926 cases on May 18 and 9,263 cases on May 19.

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 1.52 million cases.

The statistics include 135 new deaths (2,972 in total) and 9,262 new recoveries (85,392 in total). The new tally marks the first time that the number of people recovering exceeded the number of people testing positive.

The majority of new infections (2,699) were reported in Moscow - the lowest figure the Russian capital had seen since the end of April. Moscow's COVID-19 case tally is now 152,306 - it is the country's most-affected area in terms of total confirmed cases. The Moscow region reported the second-largest increase in infections (903 new cases; 30,091 total), followed by the Krasnoyarsk region (504 new cases; 2,445 total) and St. Petersburg (455 new cases; 11,796 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 20, there are over 4.91 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University's latest data. The virus has claimed the lives of over 323,600 people. Over 1.7 million patients have recovered.