Russia confirmed 12 126 new coronavirus cases Friday, setting a record for new infections as authorities at the epicenter of the outbreak consider new restrictions to slow the spread of the disease.
Russia, which has the world’s fourth-highest number of infections at 1 272 238 cases, has seen its daily caseload double over the past month.
The new record surpasses by 470 cases the country’s previous highest daily indicator of 11 656 recorded on May 11.
According to the tally compiled by the national coronavirus information center, a total of 22 257 Russians have died, with 201 fatalities confirmed Friday. Monthly data published by Russia’s statistics agency suggests that the real number of fatalities is at least double that figure.
Moscow, the epicenter of Russia’s Covid-19 outbreak with 3 701 new and 321 812 total cases, has seen a 53% rise in new infections over the past week.
Starting Monday, Moscow employers are required to transfer 30% of their employees to remote work due to the city's coronavirus situation. Workers over the age of 65 and those suffering from chronic diseases will also be required to work remotely. Workers at medical institutions, defense agencies, Rosatom and Roscosmos are exempt from the new rules.
Reports citing unnamed sources suggest that Moscow City Hall is considering closing night clubs, pubs and karaoke clubs to slow the spread of the virus.