Russia Coronavirus Cases Overtake China as Vladimir Putin Faces Sharp Rise in Infections

Russia has now reported more confirmed coronavirus cases than China, having reached a total of 87,147 infections nationwide.

According to state news agency Tass, Russia confirmed an additional 6,198 cases over the past 24 hours. Another 50 people died in Russia over the past day, bringing the death toll to 794.

Russia's anti-coronavirus crisis center announced the new figures on Monday, noting that 43.4 percent of newly identified patients were asymptomatic. The crisis center also said that the daily growth in cases in Russia has slowed to 7.66 percent.

Russia now has the ninth highest number of confirmed cases in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. China—where the virus originated—sits in tenth with 83,912 confirmed cases and 4,637 deaths, though the international media and other nations have cast doubt on the relatively low figures.

The number of confirmed cases has quickly risen in the country, effectively doubling in the space of eight days. Back on April 19, the country had confirmed 42,000 infections, according to Worldometer. The jump in infections has occurred despite Russia implementing tough lockdown measures throughout the majority of the country at the end of March.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Monday that the government is expecting the number of Russian cases to plateau in mid-May and begin declining by June. He told the Argumenty i Fakty newspaper that the coronavirus crisis will ease in "a couple of months," pointing to countries like Italy and Spain where restrictions are now being lifted.

"I repeat that all these hardships will be quickly forgotten," Peskov said, according to Tass. He added that Russians "will then have to work hard in order to reduce the consequences of the pandemic for their life," acknowledging this would be "a challenging period" requiring "a great effort." Still, he said, "Life will return to normal."

Peskov said the government "needs to help citizens" and will "fully control how the decisions are implemented and where there can be some mishaps and failures in the work of mechanisms, where assistance does not reach people."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advice on Using Face Coverings to Slow Spread of COVID-19

  • CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • A simple cloth face covering can help slow the spread of the virus by those infected and by those who do not exhibit symptoms.
  • Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items. Guides are offered by the CDC. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html)
  • Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly. A washing machine will suffice.
  • Practice safe removal of face coverings by not touching eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash hands immediately after removing the covering.

World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Hygiene advice

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

  • Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
  • If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
  • Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask and glove usage

  • Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
  • Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
  • Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.
  • Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
  • The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.
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A municipal vehicle cleans and disinfects a street in front of the Moscow State University in Moscow on April 24, 2020, during the COVID-19 outbreak. ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images/Getty