Russia registered yesterday a record 11,656 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infected people to 221,344, surpassing Italy, the United Kingdom and close to Spain, which is now the world’s second most infected country.
However, deaths, which are increasing at a rate of about 90 per day, remain low compared to the mass of patients, exactly 2,009, which is 94 more than the previous day.
President Vladimir Putin will hold a videoconference today with ministers and regional officials in which, according to his spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, he will announce whether the non-working days will continue from tomorrow, Tuesday, and until what date in particular. The Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobianin, decided last week to extend the mandatory confinement until May 31, a measure that has been supported by other territories in the country, which makes us hope that Putin will extend the non-working days with guaranteed salary until the same date because the epidemiological situation is not improving.
However, many Russian specialists and the WHO estimate that the spread of the pandemic in Russia is tending to stabilize and consider the low mortality rate to be a good indicator. However, the ZAGS, the Russian civil registry, reports that in April there were 2,000 more deaths in Moscow than in the same month last year. If this increase is attributable to the coronavirus, it would mean that the number of actual deaths would be almost double the official figures.