AGENCIES, Moscow: Russians endured what it considers as a really bad day for them as Covid-19 infections and deaths on Sunday recorded its highest daily rise with 10,633 new cases, bringing the total to 134,687, with more than half of cases and deaths in Moscow.
The flip side is that mortality rate has slowed in recent days and remains much lower, in relative terms, than many other countries.
Russia has said its lower mortality rate was because the Russian outbreak occurred later than in many other countries which gave the authorities more time to prepare. The country has been in partial lockdown since the end of March to curb the spread of the virus. People in Moscow can leave home to visit the nearest food shop or chemist, walk their dog or throw out rubbish but need special passes for other activities.
Russia’s nationwide death count rose to 1,280 on Sunday after 58 people died in the last 24 hours, Russia’s coronavirus crisis response centre said on its website.
President Vladimir Putin has ordered lockdown to remain in place until May 11, when Russia finishes celebrating its Labour Day and World War Two Victory Day holidays.