27 May 2020
Russia reports 8,338 new COVID-19 cases, total deaths close in on 4,000

Russia reports 8,338 new COVID-19 cases, total deaths close in on 4,000

Egor Aleev / TASS

Russian authorities reported 8,338 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday morning, bringing the country's infections total over 370,000.

The country's confirmed COVID-19 case total now stands at 370,680.

Russia's fresh infections count has not exceeded 10,000 over the past 12 days, indicating a plateau in the infections rate. The country reported 8,946 new cases on Monday, May 25, followed by 8,915 cases on May 26.

Russia's highest one-day coronavirus tally – 11,656 cases – was posted on May 11. The country is in third place worldwide in terms of total confirmed COVID-19 infections – the US is in first with over 1.68 million cases, while Brazil is in second with over 391,200.

The updated statistics statistics include 161 new deaths (3,968 in total) and 11,079 new recoveries (142,208 in total). The number of people recovering exceeded the number of people testing positive for the third time on Wednesday – it is the second-highest recovery count in Russia to date.

The majority of new infections (2,140) were reported in Moscow. Moscow's COVID-19 case tally is now 171,443 – it is the country's most-affected area in terms of total confirmed cases. The Moscow region reported the second-largest increase in infections (793 new cases; 35,956 total), followed by St. Petersburg (387 new cases; 14,463 total).

Anna Popova, who heads federal consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor, said last Friday that the number of new COVID-19 infections in Russia had plateaued. Former health minister Veronika Skvortsova previously announced a COVID-19 infections plateau on May 1.

Moscow and the Moscow region will remain on lockdown until May 31. The wearing of masks and protective gloves in public places in Moscow has been mandatory since May 12. Multiple Russian regions have been gradually relaxing coronavirus measures since mid-May, following the end of the country's so-called 'non-working period.'

As of 10.00 GMT on May 27, there are over 5.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University's latest data. The virus has claimed the lives of over 350,800 people. Over 2.3 million patients have recovered.