Russia’s COVID-19 cases exceed 400,000

MOSCOW (XINHUA) – Russia has confirmed 9,268 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, raising its total tally to 405,843, its coronavirus response centre said in a statement yesterday.

The death toll increased by 138 to 4,693, while 171,883 people have recovered, including 4,414 over the last 24 hours, according to the statement.

Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, reported 2,595 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking its total to 180,791.

As of Saturday, 305,384 people were under medical observation, and more than 10.6 million lab tests for COVID-19 have been conducted nationwide, Russia’s consumer rights and human well-being watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement yesterday.

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has signed a decree allocating RUB10.9 billion (some USD155 million) to subsidise Russia’s airports as the COVID-19 pandemic has severely reduced passenger traffic, the Russian government said last Saturday.