Russia’s identified coronavirus caseload has jumped by a domestic record of more than 2500 cases, a 16 per cent increase from the previous day, to reach a total of more than 18,300.
Almost two-thirds of those cases, about 11,500, have been in the capital and largest city, Moscow, which this week tightened lockdown measures with mandatory passes for travelling around the city.
Another more than 140,000 people throughout the country were under medical observation on Monday morning on suspicion that they could have contracted the novel coronavirus, a federal monitoring service reported.
Russia’s identified caseload has sharply risen over the past two weeks, increasing more than 560 per cent from April 1, with federal officials expecting a further rise for the rest of this month.
Russia has recorded almost 150 deaths associated with the virus, relatively low for a large European country amid the pandemic, as officials impose restrictions to contain the spread of the virus.
Most regions throughout Russia have followed Moscow’s lead in imposing lockdown quarantine measures, with residents advised to leave their homes only when absolutely necessary.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week that there is “no other choice” than self-isolation to prevent the spread of the disease.
The president has been working remotely, his spokesman announced earlier this month, after a doctor with whom Putin had recently shaken hands tested positive for the virus.
Originally published as Russian virus cases up by 16 per cent