Russia Live Updates
- Russia has reported 4,268 new confirmed coronavirus cases, fewer than 6,060 on the previous day, which took the total number of cases to 47,121.Forty-four Russian coronavirus patients died in the last 24 hours, the Russian coronavirus crisis response center said.
- Russian veterans urged President Vladimir Putin to postpone a military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of Soviet victory in World War II, due to the coronavirus risk to participants.
Russia has so far not dropped plans to hold a massive parade with thousands of troops marching through Red Square on May 9, despite a national lockdown over the pandemic and a ban on large public events.
- Russia on Monday reported 2,558 new cases of the novel coronavirus, a record daily rise, bringing its overall nationwide tally to 18,328. Russia’s coronavirus crisis response centre said that 148 people diagnosed with the virus have died so far, an overnight rise of 18.
- Moscow authorities are launching a digital permit system to control people’s movements after warning the coronavirus outbreak has put a huge strain on hospitals. People would have had to apply for a QR code from officials online each time they wanted to leave their homes.
- The majority of new cases were in Moscow, where Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the risk of the coronavirus spreading is the highest in the country. The capital accounts for 87% of all confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia.
- President Vladimir Putin announced an extension of the nationwide “non-working week” until April 30 after the country registered a sharp increase in coronavirus cases on Thursday.
- Putin has signed legislation imposing severe punishment — including up to five years in prison — for people convicted of spreading false information about the coronavirus. The legislation also imposes punishments for people breaking coronavirus quarantine rules, including up to seven years in prison.
- Russia could close to the public or reschedule its annual parade in Red Square that commemorates the Soviet victory in World War II due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Russia has earmarked almost $18 billion to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
- Russia will extend its suspension of football matches in the face of the coronavirus pandemic until May 31, the Russian football association (RFS) said.
- Russia closed its borders starting March 30 in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus, a government order said. The measure will come into force at all vehicle, rail and pedestrian checkpoints, and apply to Russia‘s maritime borders.