Putin will address Russia today after new record number of coronavirus infections brought the country’s total to 221,344
- President Vladimir Putin is addressing the nation from the Kremlin today
- He is expected to make a decision on the current national lockdown
- According to government data, 11,656 people tested positive in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 221,344
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Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to the nation today about the coronavirus as a new record of infections confirmed daily was established and the death toll exceeded 2,000.
Putin will speak about the deadly pandemic and measures to support the Russian economy, the Kremlin said in a statement.
He is expected to announce a decision on the current national lockdown, which will begin to ease Tuesday.
According to the official coronavirus data website launched by the Russian government, 11,656 people tested positive in the past 24 hours, with a total of now at 221,344.
In this photo of Monday, May 11, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech congratulating graduates of Russian military academies and universities on the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in WWI
Russian officials say the number is down to rigorous testing, with 5.6 million tests done so far and nearly half of people with coronavirus showing no symptoms.
However, the low death toll and Russian methods of registering fatal accidents have been questioned by the opposition, while doctors have said initial test kits often yielded false negative results.
In most cases in and around Moscow, some regions have started easing restrictions that have severely affected the economy.
The sparsely populated Yakutia, Magadan and Yamal have lifted restrictions on being outside and have allowed some companies to reopen, forcing people to distance themselves.
In Moscow, the mayor has announced that some industries and construction sites can start working, but masks and gloves are mandatory from Tuesday.
Neighboring countries of Russia, Ukraine and Georgia began easing restrictions Monday, while Kazakhstan lifted the state of emergency.
A resident looks out the window of her flat decorated with the national flag while attending a minute of silence in memory of the Fallen of World War II, while quarantined at home, in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2020
The wave of coronavirus cases surpassed Russia’s numbers today in Italy and Britain, leaving the country just behind Spain as the nation with the third most infections in the world.
The number of new cases of the new coronavirus has increased by a record daily to 11,656 in the past 24 hours, bringing the official number to 221,344. Only Spain and the United States have registered more cases than the world’s largest country.
More than half of all deaths and deaths occur in Moscow, the epicenter of the Russian outbreak. The Russian capital reported a nightly increase of 6,169 new cases on Monday, bringing the official total to 115,909.
The country’s coronavirus response center also reported 94 new deaths, bringing the total death toll to 2,009. The official death toll remains much lower than in many countries, something Kremlin critics have questioned.
Official data published on Sunday showed that Moscow reported 18 percent more deaths in April this year than in the same month in 2019, increasing the likelihood that the official death toll from COVID-19, the virus-caused respiratory disease, was spread of the virus.
Government officials attribute the lower death toll and the rising and high number of cases to an extensive testing program, which claims to have included 5.6 million tests.
Government officials say the high test numbers have enabled doctors to quickly identify people who need medical care and ensure they receive it in a timely manner.