21 May 2020
Coronavirus in Russia: May 21

Coronavirus in Russia: May 21

Vladimir Smirnov / TASS

As of today there are over 317,000 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 21.

Updates for May 20 are available here.

– Public services centers and carsharing services will restart work in Moscow on May 25, according to Mayor Sergey Sobyanin.

– Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has been admitted to a Moscow hospital with a suspected case of the coronavirus, Interfax reported on Tuesday citing a source in "medical circles."

– School leavers' exams in Russia will begin on June 29, Vladimir Putin announced on Thursday.

– Russian authorities reported 8,849 new coronavirus cases on May 21. The updated statistics indicate that over 3,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Russia.

– Russian airlines have opposed public health body Rospotrebnadzor's recent guidelines on adapted seating arrangements during the pandemic – the agency suggests planes should fly at no more than half their capacity if social distancing rules are to be followed. The move may lead to an increase in prices will increase and a decrease in available flights.

– 68 coronavirus-positive patients died in Moscow over the past 24 hours. The coronavirus has claimed the lives of 1,794 people in Moscow since the start of 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.