Russia has stepped up its measures to slow the pandemic's spread within its borders. There have been 187 859 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 1 723 deaths.
Russia confirmed 10 699 new coronavirus infections Friday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 187 859. Russia is now the fifth most-affected country in terms of infections, surpassing Germany and France on Thursday.
Moscow's coronavirus lockdown has been extended until May 31, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said. Starting May 12, Moscow residents will be required to wear face masks and gloves in all public places and transport, Sobyanin said.
Hundreds of thousands of Moscow’s rapid antibody tests labeled as Dutch-made are unreliable at detecting the coronavirus in its early stages, meaning patients who receive false negatives could potentially infect others, a new investigation has said.
— Russia's coronavirus lockdown could stay in place until a coronavirus vaccine is developed or until the pandemic ends, said Anna Popova, the head of Russia's consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor.
— The real number of coronavirus infections in Moscow is likely around 300 000, Sobyanin said. Officially, the city has 92 676 cases.
— Russian prosecutors have shot down online conspiracy theories about the coronavirus’ manmade origins as fake, the Prosecutor General's Office said.
— Moscow has conducted 1 million coronavirus tests since the start of its outbreak. More than 40 000 tests are carried out daily. Nationwide, 4,4 million tests have been carried out.