22 May 2020
Russia's COVID-19 cases surpass 326,000, disease slowdown continues

Russia's COVID-19 cases surpass 326,000, disease slowdown continues

Andrew Nikitichev / Agency «Moscow»

Russian authorities confirmed 8,894 new coronavirus cases on Friday morning, bringing the country's infections total past 326,000.

The country's confirmed COVID-19 case total now stands at 326,448.

Russia's fresh infections count has not exceeded 10,000 in the past week, indicating a plateau in the infections rate. The country reported 8,926 cases on May 18, followed by 9,263 cases on May 19, 8,764 cases on May 20 and 8,849 cases on May 21.

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 1.57 million cases.

The statistics include 150 new deaths (3,249 in total) and 7,144 new recoveries (99,825 in total). The number of people recovering recently exceeded the number of people testing positive for the first time.

The majority of new infections (2,988) were reported in Moscow. Moscow's COVID-19 case tally is now 158,207 – it is the country's most-affected area in terms of total confirmed cases. The Moscow region reported the second-largest increase in infections (824 new cases; 31,807 total), followed by St. Petersburg (389 new cases; 12,592 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 has been mandatory since May 12. Travel permits remain in effect across the two regions. Other Russian regions, such as Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, have begun easing quarantine measures. The Saratov region recently rolled back a previously announced relaxation of its lockdown due to a spike in new cases.

As of 10.00 GMT on May 22, there are over 5.11 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University's latest data. The virus has claimed the lives of over 333,200 people. Over 1.96 million patients have recovered.