Since Saturday, 2,186 more people have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing Russia’s total coronavirus tally to 15,770, according to the government’s emergency team in charge of containing the growing epidemic.
The new figure drastically ups the curve, as only 1,667 new cases were recorded across the country the day before.
The bulk of the newly infected – 1,306 and 278 respectively – are in Moscow and the surrounding region, where the authorities have recently introduced electronic permits to control people’s mobility amid the quarantine. St. Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city, has reported 69 cases.
As of Sunday, 130 Covid-19 patients have succumbed to the illness, while 1,291 people managed to recover, the task force reported.
Russia is yet to reach the peak of its coronavirus outbreak, with top health officials expecting to pass it by the end of this month. Previously, President Vladimir Putin extended the nationwide paid holiday to April 30 in an effort to encourage citizens to stay indoors.
Besides Moscow, many Russian regions have introduced strict self-isolation regimes, shutting down restaurants, shopping malls, cinemas, gyms, and other non-essential public places.
Meanwhile, Russian virologists are quickly working on a prototype of a Covid-19 vaccine, as vaccination is considered the most efficient means of tackling the virus. It has been successfully tested on mice and ferrets, with preparations for human trials now underway.
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