Coronavirus Updates: Russia reports over 9,000 new cases for 2nd straight day

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Coronavirus Updates: Russia reports over 9,000 new cases for 2nd straight day
Coronavirus Updates: Russia reports over 9,000 new cases for 2nd straight day

Russia’s coronavirus headquarters said Monday it had registered 9,035 new cases of COVID-19 and 162 deaths in the past 24 hours.

It’s the second straight day that the country has reported more than 9,000 new infections during the coronavirus pandemic. The latest daily caseload is still down from a peak of 11,656 new infections reported on May 11, during which Russia registered over 10,000 new cases per day over a 12-day period.

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Nearly 2,300 of the new cases reported Monday were in Moscow, the hardest-hit city in the nation’s outbreak. The Russian capital has accounted for about half of all coronavirus infections in the country.

Nevertheless, parks, shopping malls and small businesses such as dry cleaners and repair shops reopened in Moscow on Monday after two months of lockdown. The relaxed restrictions follow Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that the country’s epidemic had passed its peak. Cafes, cinemas and restaurants will remain closed in the capital for now, and mass gatherings won’t be allowed through June 14 when the citywide quarantine is set to expire.

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Russia has conducted 10.9 million tests for COVID-19, including 279,000 in the last 24 hours, according to the country’s public health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor.

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With more than 414,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, Russia has third-largest total in the world, behind Brazil and the United States, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

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