Coronavirus cases in Russia are now third worldwide
Following a record daily increase, the number of coronavirus diagnoses in Russia has surpassed that of Italy and the United Kingdom, placing its number of cases third worldwide.
11,656 Russians were diagnosed with the virus over the past 24 hours bringing the total official tally to 221,344. 115,909 of these are in Moscow. According to the official coronavirus response centre, 94 people have died from the infection over the past day bringing the total to 2,009. These figures are believed to be an underestimate.
Only the United States and Spain now have a greater number of cases.
According to Russian officials the rising number of cases is partially attributable to a large-scale testing programme which has involved 5.6 million tests so far.
The Victory Day proceedings, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, were heavily truncated this year, with large-scale parades across Moscow’s Red Square cancelled. Other countries in the post-Soviet space have generally followed suit with the exception of Belarus.
President Vladimir Putin is due to review lockdown measures today. Other countries throughout Europe have slightly eased their lockdowns in recent weeks. Most recently the United Kingdom, the country with the highest death toll in Europe, has announced that some sectors of the economy will be permitted to resume operations. Italy has also partially allowed its economy to reopen as well as permitting families to reconnect.