Russian Federation tallies record 9623 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hrs

Elias Hubbard
May 5, 2020

Moscow (CNN)Russia reported 10,633 new cases of the coronavirus in another record single-day increase Sunday, bringing the total number to 134,687.

On April 30, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin confirmed that he tested positive for coronavirus, making him the highest-ranking Russian official known to have contracted the virus.

On Friday, Russia's housing minister, Vladimir Yakushev, became the second senior minister to be confirmed to have Covid-19. "The new order, which will take effect on Sunday, means you can buy and sell liquor, beer, wine", Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam told Reuters. Two children had died from the coronavirus and 11 more were in a serious condition. This year's Victory Day marks the 75th anniversary and Putin had planned a major celebration in Moscow's famous Red Square with world leaders in attendance and a grand military procession.

Russia's fierce coronavirus outbreak has forced the nation to cancel the parade, which Putin says he has postponed.

Fighter jets roared over Moscow on Monday spurting red, white and blue smoke as they rehearsed for the event.

Moscow is the worst-affected part of Russian Federation, accounting for about 62 600 cases, about half of the nationwide total. On Saturday, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin cited studies that said around two percent of the city's population has been infected.

Sobyanin said about 2% of Moscow residents - or more than 250,000 people - have the coronavirus.

An encouraging sign is however, that in recent days the mortality rate has slowed and remains much lower than in other countries. That has brought the nation's total to 145,268, including 1,356 deaths.

As a measure to curb spreading the virus, the European country has imposed a lockdown on its capital Moscow as its healthcare system struggles to cope with the sudden surge in cases.

President Vladimir Putin has ordered the nationwide lockdown to remain in place until May 11 inclusive, when Russian Federation finishes celebrating its Labour Day and World War Two Victory Day holidays.

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