Russia’s Covid-19 cases rise by 9,623

Written by on May 2, 2020

Russia today reported its largest increase in coronavirus cases with the new infections rising by nearly 10,000 on a daily.

The cases jumped by 9,623 to 124,054 cases, Russian authorities disclosed.

However, the official fatality rate is low in comparison to countries like Italy, Spain and the United States.

Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the Russian capital, which has emerged as the epicentre of the contagion, was not yet past the peak of the outbreak.

“The threat is apparently on the rise,” Sobyanin said on his blog earlier today.

Moscow recorded 5,358 new cases, bringing the capital’s total tally to 62,658.

“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.

According to official statistics, Moscow has a population of 12.7 million but the real figure is believed to be higher.

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