Russia Reports More Than 10,000 New COVID-19 Infections

Russian Federation on Saturday showed further growth in coronavirus cases, with a new record of 9,625 infections in a day - the fourth record in as many days - bringing the country's total to 124,052.

The death toll from the pandemic increased by 57 to 1,222, while 15,013 people have recovered, including 1,793 over the last 24 hours, the statement said.

Even with the staggering figures, the true rate of infection in the country is believed to be much higher because of a lack of testing. The greater Moscow Region has more than 14,100 confirmed cases, followed by Russia's second-largest city, Saint Petersburg, with over 5,000. 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.

"The threat is apparently on the rise", he said.

"According to screening tests of various population groups, the real number of the infected is around two per cent of Moscow's total population", Sobyanin said.

Sobyanin told Rossiya-1 TV station that, should the situation worsen, authorities may cut the number of digital permits issued for travel across the city.

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

Moscow's mayor said this week officials are considering establishing temporary hospitals at sports complexes and shopping malls to deal with the influx of patients.

Russian travelers returning from Italy before global flights were suspended in late March, and the expansion of virus tests conducted on more than 3.9 million people, are believed to have been behind the increase in the number of cases.

Russian construction minister Vladimir Yakushev has been hospitalized with coronavirus, local media said Friday, just a day after the prime minister announced he was infected.

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