WORLD Russia reports daily record of 3,388 COVID-19 cases, total approaches 25,000

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Russia reports daily record of 3,388 COVID-19 cases, total approaches 25,000

Xinhua

20:57, April 15, 2020

Russia has registered a new daily record of 3,388 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, raising the total number to 24,490 as of Wednesday, official data showed.

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The death toll climbed to 198 from 170 the previous day, while 1,986 people have recovered, including 292 in the last 24 hours, Russia's coronavirus response center said in a statement.

Moscow, the worst-hit part of the country, has confirmed 1,774 new cases in the last 24 hours, totaling 14,776.

Russia announced its first two COVID-19 cases on Jan. 31, with cases increasing significantly since the end of March. The total number topped 10,000 on April 9, 15,000 on April 12 and 20,000 on Tuesday.

A Chinese medical team has been working in Russia since April 11 to assist in the fight against COVID-19.

All Russians, except those working for essential institutions and establishments, are on paid leave from March 30 till April 30 as part of the country's efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Retail sales in Russia have dropped by more than 35 percent in April from the same period last year, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday at a meeting with senior government officials.

This indicates a sharp contraction of the market because of falling demand, which is a great shock for many businesses, he said.

In the first 12 days of April, electricity consumption in Russia declined by 5 percent year on year, showing that enterprises used less of their capacities, Putin said.

The stagnation of lending to the real economy means that many companies have shelved their investment plans amid the pandemic, he said.

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