On April 8, Russia recorded 1,175 new infections in 56 regions of the country. 5 people died in the last 24 hours.
The total number of cases to date is 8,662 in 81/85 regions of the Russian Federation, an increase of 15% after one day.
63 people died despite government and citizens’ anti-epidemic efforts. Of the 5 new deaths, 2 were in the Moscow region, 1 in the Irkutsk region, 1 in the North Ossetian Republic and 1 in the Khabarovsk region (Far East Russia).
New cases have been reported mainly in Moscow, the Moscow region and the St. Petersburg, the second largest city of Russia. Moscow has 5,841 cases so far, according to RIA Novosti.
A total of 580 cases have recovered.
President Vladimir Putin extended the “do not work full-time nationwide” period until April 30 after the country sharply increased the number of corona virus infections.
In a live televised address, Putin said that he would authorize decision-making on anti-virus measures for local governments due to differences in infection rates in regions.
Mr. Putin signed an executive order of up to 5 years in prison for the convicts spreading false information about the corona virus. Violators of quarantine regulations face up to 7 years in prison.
Russia will reach the peak of the Covid-19 epidemic in the next 10-14 days, the head of the Russian Federal Biomedical Agency, Ms. Veronika Skvortsova, said. She predicted that the number of Russian infections would start to fall around early to mid-June.
Russia has sent corona virus testing kits to more than 30 countries, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said on April 8 at a meeting of the government corona virus task force.
“The Russian Federation has sent its test kits to more than 30 countries, mainly to our partners in the Eurasian Economic Union, CIS and other countries,” Mishustin said. “These actions are necessary, first of all, to minimize the risk of importing cases into our country.”
At Grozny airport, the capital of the Russian Republic of Chechnya, starting April 11, all passengers from Moscow must have proof of testing negative for corona virus.