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25 June 2020
Russia's COVID-19 case count exceeds 613,000 as constitutional reform vote begins
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Russia's COVID-19 case count exceeds 613,000 as constitutional reform vote begins

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Russian authorities reported 7,113 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, June 25, bringing the nationwide infections total past 613,000.


The country's confirmed coronavirus case total now stands at 613,994.

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

The updated statistics include 92 new fatalities recorded over the past 24 hours, bringing the country's overall death toll to 8,605 – a rate much lower than in other countries with similar outbreaks of the disease.

6,342 people recovered over the past 24 hours, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 375,164.

230,225 COVID-19 cases remain active.

The majority of new infections (885) were reported in Moscow. The city remains the country's most-affected area in terms of total confirmed cases, with 217,791, 71,928 of which are active.

The Moscow region reported the second-largest increase in infections (467 new cases; 55,853 total), followed by the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous region (319 new cases; 7,542 total) and St. Petersburg (221 new cases; 23,071 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 2.38 million cases, while Brazil is in second with over 1.18 million.

Multiple regions, including Moscow, have been rolling back quarantine measures in line with a three-stage program.

Two mass events have been scheduled amid the pandemic. The delayed Victory Parade on Red Square took place on June 24, while Russia's plebiscite on amendments to the Constitution will run from today to July 1. Reports have linked the early end of Russia's quarantine to the constitutional reform vote. If the majority of Russians vote in favor of the amendments, Vladimir Putin's presidential terms will be reset, allowing him to stay in power until 2036.

As of 10.00 GMT on June 25, there are over 9.44 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University's latest data. The virus has claimed the lives of over 482,900 people. Over 4.75 million patients have recovered.