20 May 2020
Coronavirus in Russia: May 20

Coronavirus in Russia: May 20

Vyacheslav Prokofiev / TASS

As of today there are over 308,000 cases of COVID-19 in Russia – it is the world's 2nd most-affected country in terms of total confirmed coronavirus infections. Russia's six-week 'paid non-working period' ended on May 12, following an announcement from Vladimir Putin. The extension and easing of quarantine measures are now in the hands of Russia's regional governors. Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus in Russia on May 20.

Updates for May 19 are available here.

– TikTok has donated 20 million roubles ($280,000) to volunteers in Russia's hospitals, Esquire reported on Wednesday citing the company's press service. The social networks plans to raise an additional 5 million roubles through a hashtag campaign – TikTok will donate 100 roubles for every post tagged with #спасибомедикам (#thankyoumedics).

– 17 Russian regions are ready to begin lifting coronavirus restrictions, according to Deputy PM Tatiana Golikova. The official did not name the specific regions that would be rolling back their lockdowns.

– Russian authorities reported 8,764 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday morning, pushing the country's infections total to 308,705. The statistics included 135 deaths (2,972 in total) and 9,262 recoveries (85,392 in total). The number of recoveries confirmed in Russia over the past 24 hours exceeded the number of people testing positive for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

– The Russian Ministry of Transport has offered to compensate airports 195 roubles ($2.7) for each passenger that was unable to travel because of the country's COVID-19 restrictions, Kommersant reported on Wednesday. Russia may spend up to 10 billion roubles ($140.3 million) on supporting its airports amid the pandemic.

Russia's six-week 'non-working period' ended on May 12, following an announcement by President Vladimir Putin. It is now up to Russia's regional governors to extend or relax quarantine measures across the country.

A number of areas began easing restrictions on the day of Putin's announcement. Self-isolation is no longer mandatory in the Murmansk region – it will only apply to elderly residents aged 65 and over going forward. A ban on visiting parks and playgrounds was lifted in the Orel region, while authorities in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan have abolished travel permits. The Saratov region, however, has rolled back a previously announced relaxation of its quarantine and reinstated a lockdown following an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Moscow and the Moscow region are Russia's most-affected areas, accounting for more than half of total confirmed COVID-19 cases. Both regions extended their lockdowns until May 31, and legislated the mandatory wearing of masks and protective gloves in public places from May 12.