Russia reported new 10,633 positive coronavirus cases within 24 hours. This was the highest daily increase since the outbreak of this virus, which is now a global pandemic.
The surprise, half of the new cases, they are people with no symptoms – including those discovered by screening, such as Healthcare workers.
The confirmed new cases bring the total number of confirmed coronavirus-positive cases to 134,687 in Russia, placing them in seventh place worldwide.
Within the same time, a further 58 corona-related deaths were reported, increasing the number to 1,280 across the country. However, this implies that the death rate is low in contrast to other countries such as the United States, Italy, and Spain have highest confirmed cases in Europe.
Moscow has recorded the highest number of cases in the country and its health systems are struggling with the increasing number of new cases. On Sunday, the total number of cases in Moscow rose by 5,948 to a total of 68,606.
The mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, has warned that the capital has not yet reached the peak of its coronavirus epidemic despite such high registered numbers.
According to the mayor, about 250,000 people have been confirmed positive for the novel coronavirus, which only makes up 2% of the capital’s 12 million inhabitants.
The lockdown has imposed throughout the capital and residents were instructed to stay at home with a few exceptions.
However, the virus is now spreading faster to regions of Russia – where hospital facilities are far worse than in the capital and where doctors have complained that they do not have the masks and protective clothing to protect them.
And even in Moscow, about 1,700 people are hospitalized every day, which increases the load on the system.
Russian leader, Vladimir Putin has warned the Russians to prepare for a grueling phase of the pandemic in the coming weeks and added that the situation remains very serious.
Earlier this week, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin tested positive of the COVID-19, to become the first high-ranking person across the country to test positive.
The prime minister, who was appointed to the role last January, is still in the hospital and his spokesman said he feels good and can work from the hospital.
The second senior most government official to test positive for this contagious virus is Vladimir Yakushev, the housing minister, whose confirmation news was received on Friday.
The number of new cases has risen steadily in the country, and it is alleged that in Moscow alone, more than 40,000 people are being tested every day.
President Putin has extended a nationwide nonworking period until May 11, stating that the high point is not behind us.
In addition, the president said his administration will think about gradually lifting coronavirus restrictions by region starting 12th May.
Putin admitted last week that there was a shortage of medical protective equipment ideal in the fight of this world pandemic.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.