Record increase in covid-19 cases in Russia

World Grigory Matyunin 01-May-2020
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Friday saw the highest daily increase in coronavirus cases in Russia. The previous day, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin made public that he was diagnosed with the disease and was taking time off to recover.

The number of cases rose by 7,933 and now stands at 114, 431 according to the covid-19 crisis response centre. The death toll rose by 96 and now stands at 1,169. PM Mikhail Mishustin tested positive earlier this week. His deputy, Andrei Belousov, would take over his responsibilities in the interim.

Mishustin, who has taken a lead role in conducting the national response to the crisis, is the first senior official to publicly announce his own diagnosis with the virus.

Russia’s outbreak began slowly, partially due to efficient testing procedures and a prompt closure of the border with China. Yet over the course of February cases increased sharply.

While Russia is still far from recording the number of deaths seen in any of the hardest-hit countries, according to President Vladimir Putin the peak is yet to come and could be exacerbated if the lockdown is defied throughout the national holidays in early May. On the 9th May, Russia celebrates Victory Day.

A lockdown was imposed in late March and most public spaces were ordered to shut to curtail the spread of the virus.