Russia Reports Record 4,000 New Coronavirus Cases

Cases pass 32,000, as Putin postpones WWII parade ■ Worldwide cases stand at over 2.1 million ■ Moscow introduces travel permit system

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People wearing face mask s ride a suburban train near Moscow, Russia, April 16, 2020.
People wearing face mask s ride a suburban train near Moscow, Russia, April 16, 2020. Credit: AP Photo/Victor Berezkin

Russia reported on Friday a record rise of 4,069 new coronavirus cases over 24 hours, bringing its nationwide tally to 32,007, the Interfax news agency said.

The number of coronavirus cases in Russia began rising sharply this month, although it had reported far fewer infections than many western European countries in the outbreak's early stages.

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Russia confirmed 3,448 new cases on Thursday, which was also a record daily rise.

President Vladimir Putin, citing the deepening coronavirus crisis, said on Thursday Russia would postpone its May 9 celebrations including a huge military parade across Red Square to mark 75 years since the Soviet victory in World War II.

The country is set to spend more than 2 trillion rubles ($26.96 billion) on its anti-crisis program to counter the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Economy Minister Maxim Reshetnikov said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Moscow produced a travel permit system to help it police a lockdown, a move that initially created traffic jams and long lines of people wanting to use the subway.

Moscow, the worst-hit region, has imposed a city-wide lockdown, ordering its 12.7 million residents not to leave home except to buy food, get urgent medical treatment, walk the dog or go to work if absolutely vital and their business is open.

From Wednesday, any Moscow resident travelling by car or public transport had to show a permit containing a number code or a machine-readable QR barcode to justify their travel.

More than 2.1 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally and 143,744 have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

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