Moscow records 9,056 new Covid cases, a pandemic high

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russia’s capital Moscow yesterday registered 9,056 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours, a record since the start of the pandemic, according to government statistics.

Country-wide, 17,262 new cases were recorded, the highest number since February 1, with 453 deaths, according to government statistics published on the stopcoronavirus.rf website.

There were 78 new deaths in Moscow.

Faced with the spike, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, who has been rolling out restrictions for nearly a week, said that the city would limit gatherings and close the Euro 2020 fan zone outside of the Luzhniki stadium.

“I didn’t want to do this, but we have to,” Sergei Sobyanin wrote on his website.

“Starting yesterday, we will limit mass events to a maximum of 1,000 people.

“We are temporarily stopping all mass entertainment events and we’ll also have to close dance halls and fan zones,” he wrote.

The move came a day after he warned that the city was facing a new wave of infections, likely because of new COVID variants.

“It’s tripling, there’s an enormous dynamic that we have not seen during the previous waves,” he said, adding that cases jumped from 3,000 to 7,000 in just days.

A woman wearing a face walks in a street in Moscow, Russia. PHOTO: AP