With more than 10,000 cases of new coronavirus infections in just one day, Russia become the seventh country with highest tally in the world.

Russia recorded 10,633 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to a report by the BBC.

This is the highest daily rise since the outbreak began in the country.

With this development, Russia’s total number of coronavirus cases has now risen to 134,686.

However, its mortality rate remains low relative to other countries, such as the US, Italy, and Spain.

Over the weekend, a further 58 coronavirus-related deaths were announced, which brought its total to 1,280.

Moscow has been hit particularly hard by the virus, leaving its healthcare system struggling to cope, said the BBC report. 

This led Moscow’s mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Saturday warned against complacency, adding that the capital has not passed the peak of its coronavirus epidemic.

The mayor said around two percent (2%) of residents in the city – around 250,000 people – had tested positive for coronavirus. On Sunday, Moscow’s total number of cases jumped by 5,948 to a total of 68,606.

A strict lockdown has been imposed in Moscow, where its 12 million residents have been ordered to stay at home with few exceptions.

For his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the situation remains “very serious”, warning Russians to brace for a “grueling phase of the pandemic” in the weeks ahead.


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