Coronavirus cases in Russia surge past 100,000

MOSCOW (AFP) – Coronavirus cases in Russia surged past 100,000 yesterday, the government said, with an increase of 7,099 confirmed infections in the last 24 hours.

Russia has so far recorded 106,498 cases and 1,073 deaths from the virus, the government’s coronavirus information site said in a daily update.

Russia recently surpassed Iran and China in the total number of confirmed infections and is now eighth in the world in virus cases.

With the number of infections steadily rising by several thousand every day, President Vladimir Putin warned this week that the situation remained “very difficult”.

He said Russia had managed to slow the spread of the epidemic but cautioned that “this should not reassure us”.

Medics in Russia have complained of shortages of protective gear and testing kits and hospital staff are becoming increasingly concerned with deaths in the medical community.

The Kremlin this week extended until May 11 a “non-working” period when Russians would stay at home but still receive their salaries as part of sweeping efforts to contain the virus.

A communal worker who disinfects residential buildings crosses a street in Moscow. PHOTO: AFP