22 June 2020
Russia's COVID-19 cases surpass 590,000 ahead of Victory Day parade

Russia's COVID-19 cases surpass 590,000 ahead of Victory Day parade

Sergei Chirkov / EPA / TASS

Russian authorities reported 7,600 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, June 22, bringing the nationwide infections total over 590,000.

The country's confirmed coronavirus case total now stands at 592,280.

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

The updated statistics include 95 new fatalities recorded over the past 24 hours – the lowest count reported since May 25. The country's overall death toll now stands at 8,206.

4,705 people recovered over the past 24 hours, bringing the country's recovery tally to 344,416.

239,658 COVID-19 cases remain active.

The majority of new infections (1,068) were reported in Moscow. The city remains the country's most-affected area in terms of total confirmed cases, with 215,014, 74,727 of which are active.

The Moscow region reported the second-largest increase in infections (506 new cases; 54,375 total), followed by the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous region (295 new cases; 6,581 total) and the Nizhny Novgorod region (219 new cases; 15,774 total).

Russia's fresh infections count has stabilized at below 10,000 new cases daily 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 2.28 million cases, while Brazil is in second with over 1.08 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 22, there are over 8.96 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University's latest data. The virus has claimed the lives of over 468,500 people. Over 4.44 million patients have recovered.