23 June 2020
Russia's coronavirus case count approaches 600,000

Russia's coronavirus case count approaches 600,000

Sergey Fadeichev / TASS

Russian authorities reported 7,425 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, June 23, bringing the nationwide total just shy of 600,000 infections.

The country's confirmed coronavirus case total now stands at 599,705.

Russia's fresh infections count has maintained below 8,000 for the seventh straight day.

The updated statistics include 153 new fatalities recorded over the past 24 hours. The country's overall death toll now stands at 8,359.

12,013 people recovered over the past 24 hours, bringing the country's recovery tally to 356,429.

234,917 COVID-19 cases remain active.

The majority of new infections (1,081) were reported in Moscow. The city remains the country's most-affected area in terms of total confirmed cases, with 216,095, 73,204 of which are active.

The Moscow region reported the second-largest increase in infections (504 new cases; 54,879 total), followed by the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous region (319 new cases; 6,900 total) and the Chelyabinsk region (258 new cases; 6,083 total).

Russia's fresh infections count has stabilized at below 10,000 new daily cases since mid-May. 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 2.31 million cases, while Brazil is in second with over 1.1 million.

Two major events are set to take place in late June and early July. The rescheduled Victory Parade on Red Square is set for June 24, while Russia's plebiscite on amendments to the Constitution will run from June 25 to July 1. Several regions have delayed parades further still over fears of new outbreaks. Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has urged residents to stay at home during the celebration.

As of 10.00 GMT on June 23, there are over 9.11 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University's latest data. The virus has claimed the lives of over 472,500 people. Over 4.54 million patients have recovered.