Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Moscow was not yet past the peak of the outbreak. About 2% of Moscow residents — or more than 250 000 people — have the coronavirus, the mayor of the Russian capital said, citing test results.
"According to screening tests of various population groups, the real number of the infected is around 2% of Moscow's total population," Sergei Sobyanin wrote on his blog.
But he reiterated that the city was not yet past the peak of the outbreak. "The threat is apparently on the rise," he said.
Russia's official fatality rate, with 1 169 deaths as of Saturday morning, is low in comparison to countries like Italy, Spain and the United States.
The Health Ministry said on Friday that the number of infected children was on the rise. Two children died from the coronavirus in the country, and 11 more were in a serious condition, the ministry said.