Number of Russia’s coronavirus cases nearing 12,000

Number of Russia’s coronavirus cases nearing 12,000

The number of coronavirus cases in Russia rose by 1,786 in the past 24 hours, reaching 11,917, the anti-coronavirus crisis center said in a statement on Friday, adding that coronavirus patients had been identified for the first time in the Tuva region.

"A total of 11,917 coronavirus cases have so far been recorded in 82 Russian regions (up by 17.6%). As many as 97 people were discharged from hospitals in the past 24 hours. Eighteen coronavirus patients died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 94," the statement reads.

Another 1,124 patients have been identified in Moscow, bringing the city’s total number of cases to over 7,800. New cases have also been recorded in another 56 regions of the country, including 182 in the Moscow region, 58 in the Komi region, 35 in St. Petersburg, 34 in the Ulyanovsk region, 32 in the Nizhny Novgorod region, 23 in the Murmansk region, 22 in the Mari El region, and 20 in the Krasnodar region, TASS reported.

According to the center, 97 people in 27 Russian regions were discharged from hospitals. Another 12 coronavirus deaths have been recorded in Moscow and two in the Krasnodar region. The Mari El, Nizhny Novgorod, Stavropol and Yamalo-Nenets regions have reported one death each.

On March 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced an extension of the nationwide “non-working week” until April 30 after the country registered a sharp increase in coronavirus cases.

In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 1,500,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 88,000 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far over 331,000 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.