19 May 2020
Russia's coronavirus infections total edges closer to 300,000

Russia's coronavirus infections total edges closer to 300,000

Sophia Sandurskaya / Moskva News Agency

Russian authorities confirmed 9,263 new coronavirus cases on May 19, bringing the country's infections total closer to 300,000.

The country's confirmed COVID-19 case total now stands at 299,941.

Russia's fresh infections count has not exceeded 10,000 in the past four days. May 17 saw the country report 9,709 new cases, followed by 8,926 cases on May 18.

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 1.5 million cases.

The statistics include 115 new deaths (2,837 in total) and 5,921 new recoveries (76,130 in total).

The majority of new infections (3,545) were reported in Moscow. The Russian capital's COVID-19 case tally is now 149,607 - it is the country's most-affected area in terms of total confirmed cases. The Moscow region reported the second-largest increase in infections (898 new cases; 29,188 total), followed by St. Petersburg (453 new cases; 11,340 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 19, there are over 4.81 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University's latest data. The virus has claimed the lives of over 318,700 people. Over 1.79 million patients have recovered.