COVID-19 Cases In Russia Soar Past 145,000

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Russian Federation on Sunday reported a new single-day record with 10,633 COVID-19 cases confirmed over the last 24 hours, raising its total number of infections to 134,687, its coronavirus response center said in a statement.

Russian Federation registered a near record in new daily coronavirus cases on Monday as total infections surpassed 145,000, cementing its position as the top reporter of new cases in Europe.

Despite the sharp rise in cases, Russia's official fatality rate has remained low in comparison to countries including Italy, Spain and the United States.

The country's death toll stands at 1,222 and 57 people have died in the last 24 hours.

The mayor said around 2% of residents in the city - around 250,000 people - had tested positive for coronavirus.

Concern was growing in Moscow that hospitals might become overwhelmed after recording the new one-day high of infections, a 20% increase over Friday's count, which itself was a new daily record.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases here is rising steadily each day.

Russian Federation is now the European country registering the newest infections as the number surged past 100,000 on Thursday.

Still, the virus is spreading more quickly now in Russia's regions - where hospital facilities are far worse than in the capital and where medics have been complaining they don't have the masks and protective clothing to keep them safe.

And even here, in Moscow, some 17,000 people are being admitted to hospital each day, increasing the strain on the system.

Despite the steady increase in cases, the government has indicated it could gradually lift confinement measures from May 12, but the easing will depend on the region.

President Vladimir Putin has said the situation remains "very difficult" and warned that the country was not yet past the peak of the outbreak.