As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 252 000 people worldwide continues to spread, Russia has stepped up its measures to slow the pandemic's spread within its borders.
There have been 155 370 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 1 451 deaths.
Russia confirmed 10 102 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 155 370. Russia is now the seventh most-affected country in terms of infections, having surpassed China, Turkey and Iran last week.
- President Vladimir Putin has extended the national “non-working” month through May 11 as Russia continued to see sharp daily rises in new coronavirus infections in recent days. Moscow's coronavirus lockdown has also been extended until May 11.
— Three Russian journalists have died from the coronavirus, the head of Russia's Journalists Union told Interfax. More than 100 have been hospitalized with the virus and more than 500 are self-isolating at home under the supervision of health services.
— Russia has sent medical research supplies and two mobile laboratories to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to help the African country fight the coronavirus.
— President Vladimir Putin will be presented with a list of recommendations for bringing Russia out of coronavirus lockdown at a meeting with officials on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
— Authorities in St. Petersburg have pledged to pay compensation to doctors who become infected with the coronavirus — but only after an investigation establishes their level of responsibility for getting it, according to newly adopted rules.
— Starting May 8, all individuals flying from Moscow to Beijing will be required to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test received 120 hours or less before departure.
— Sergei Bebenin, the speaker of the Leningrad region's parliament, has been infected with coronavirus.
— Russia has removed its ban on the export of medical masks and respirators, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov told the state-run Rossia 1 news channel. He said there is no shortage of masks or other sanitary products in Russian pharmacies.
— The Russian National Guard said it is using drones and a helicopter to enforce self-isolation rules in Moscow and the Moscow region over the May holidays. The drones and helicopter will send information about violations to officers on the ground, who will then issue fines to violators.