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May 4

—  Russia  confirmed  10,581 new coronavirus infections Monday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 145,268. 

—  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 .

Bosnia denied entry to a team of 24 Russian military medical experts who had come to the Balkan country to carry out decontamination work. 

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

Russia has confirmed 834,499 cases  of coronavirus  and 13,802 deaths .

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia as of July 28. MT July 31: 3 things you need to know today Russia‘s coronavirus vaccine could be administered to civilians as soon as Aug. 15, Interfax cited a source at the state-run  Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology as saying. The source said the Health Ministry will likely register the vaccine, which is still undergoing clinical trials, between Aug. 10-12.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the Russian capital has reached its “minimum” level of 650-700 new coronavirus cases per day. It won’t be possible for the numbers to go much lower as “millions of people move around the city,” he added. Russia  confirmed  5,482 new coronavirus infections Friday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 839,981. Over the past 24 hours 161 people have died, bringing the total toll to 13,963.

July 29

—  The head of Russia‘s sovereign wealth fund which is funding coronavirus vaccine research called Russia‘s race to develop the world’s first coronavirus vaccine “a Sputnik moment,” comparing it to the Soviet Union’s 1957 launch of the world’s first satellite.

— President Vladimir Putin said the country’s coronavirus outbreak had stabilized but warned the situation remained difficult and could easily deteriorate. 

July 28

— Russia confirmed 5,395 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 823,515. 

—  Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said he was infected with an asymptomatic case of the coronavirus but has since recovered.

The European Union won’t open its borders to Russian citizens until at least mid-August, the state-run TASS news agency reported Tuesday, citing a source in one of the EU member states’ delegations. The EU is revising its “white list” of permitted travelers every two weeks.

July 27

—  Russia  confirmed  5,635 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 818,120.

— Russian schools across the country will re-open for the new school year on Sept. 1, Education Minister Sergei Kravtsov told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency. “All [coronavirus safety] requirements will be taken into account in order to protect our children and teachers as much as possible,” he said.

July 26

—  Russia confirmed 5,765 new coronavirus infections, taking the country’s official number of cases to 812,485.

July 25

— Russia confirmed 5,871 new coronavirus infections, taking the country’s official number of cases to 806,720.

July 24

Russia  confirmed  5,811 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 800,849.

—  Russia plans to restart international flights to Britain, Turkey and Tanzania on Aug. 1 more than four months after closing its borders due to the coronavirus pandemic.

July 23

Russia confirmed 5,848 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 795,038. 

—  Russia plans to administer its experimental coronavirus vaccine on healthcare professionals next month before its clinical trials are completed, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said .

— Russia will waive visa fees for foreigners when the country’s consulates and diplomatic missions reopen abroad, the Foreign Ministry has announced.

—  Valentina Matviyenko, the head of Russia’s upper house of parliament, said current progress made it possible for the vaccine to enter mass production by the end of 2020.  The vaccine’s creator Denis Logunov echoed her claim,  telling  Meduza that the Gamaleya institute expects to produce around 1 million shots per year by the end of 2020. 

July 22

—  Russia  confirmed  5,862 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 789,190.

July 21

— Russia  confirmed  5,842 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 783,328.

— The Russian military has said its experimental coronavirus vaccine which has not yet completed Phase II trials and is yet to begin Phase III is “ready.” 

July 20

— Russia  confirmed  5,940 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 777,486.

— Russia has come through the coronavirus pandemic with far fewer infections and deaths than many other European countries, President Vladimir Putin said while visiting Moscow-annexed Crimea.

— Members of Russia’s ruling elite have been given access to an experimental coronavirus vaccine as early as April, Bloomberg  reported  Monday, citing unnamed sources.

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—  Russia  confirmed  6,109 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 771,546.

—  The Russian Defense Ministry said Monday that it has completed the first clinical trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine on human volunteers. The trials showed that ” the volunteers had the necessary antibodies to coronavirus and the components of the vaccine are safe and well-tolerated by humans,” a lead military scientist told Interfax.

— British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he was “absolutely confident” in allegations by the UK and its allies that Russia targeted labs conducting coronavirus research, branding the behavior “outrageous and reprehensible.”

July 18

— Russia  confirmed  6,234 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 765,437.

July 17

Russia  confirmed  6,406 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 759,203.

— It would be impossible for Moscow, a city of more than 12 million, to hide the scale of its coronavirus outbreak because “we have a small town, we all live within a radius of 15 kilometers,” Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said . “Everyone knows each other; they can call a friend’s doctor, an ambulance station, a clinic; they can ask friends about who’s sick or not sick.”

July 16

— Russia  confirmed  6,428 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 752,797.

— Russia plans to conduct Phase III trials of its experimental coronavirus vaccine in the Middle East as well as at home, the head of Russia’s sovereign fund  told  Reuters.

— The mayor of Russia’s Arctic city of Norilsk has accused regional authorities of dramatically underreporting coronavirus cases and ignoring the scale of its outbreak, the Tayga.info news website  reported Thursday.

—  Russia called off its annual “Immortal Regiment” commemoration of the nation’s World War II dead in which thousands carry photographs of relatives through the streets due to the coronavirus pandemic.

July 15

—  Russia  confirmed  6,422 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 746,369.

— The Russian Defense Ministry said it has developed a “safe” coronavirus vaccine following clinical trials on a group of volunteers. 

— Starting July 16, Moscow will offer free coronavirus testing for all residents, deputy mayor Anastasia Rakova said .

Belarus plans to re-open its border and resume transport connections with neighboring Russia within the next few days, Belarussian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said following talks with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. Belarus is one of the only countries which refused to impose a coronavirus lockdown.

July 14

—  Russia  confirmed  6,248 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 739,947.

—  Russia and its international partners will produce than 200 million doses of coronavirus vaccine by the end of 2020, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has said .

July 13

— Russia  confirmed  6,537 new coronavirus infections Monday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 733,699.

— Russia will no longer require foreigners without coronavirus to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival as the country looks to begin reopening to international travelers in the midst of the pandemic, according to a decree published Monday

—  A medical university in Moscow says it has completed clinical trials of the world’s first coronavirus vaccine using human volunteers. Scientists said it could be distributed to patients as soon as next month.

— Turkish Airlines will resume flights between Turkey and six Russian cities starting Aug. 1, the airline said on its website. The airline will operate flights to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Krasnodar, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don. Russian authorities haven’t yet confirmed the news.

July 12

— Russia  confirmed  6,615 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 727,162.

July 11

—  Russia  confirmed  6,611 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 720,547.

July 10

—  Russia  confirmed  6,635 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 713,936.

— Russia will begin negotiations with other countries to  restart international flights from July 15, deputy prime minister Tatiana Golikova said. Flights will be permitted to a specific list of countries where cases of the coronavirus do not exceed 40 per 100,000 people, where the average daily increase in new cases is no higher than 1%, and where both countries agree to resume air connections.

— In May, 12,452 people with Covid-19 died in Russia, Russia’s state statistics agency Rosstat confirmed Friday. The coronavirus was determined to be the main cause of death in 7,444 cases. Russia counts only the latter in its official coronavirus death toll, which stands at 11,017.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced  that wearing masks will no longer be required outdoors from July 13 as the number of new coronavirus cases has dwindled in the Russian capital in recent weeks.

All beaches in Moscow will be closed due to the coronavirus, Russia‘s consumer protection watchdog said . Locals had flocked to beaches along the Moscow River with the arrival of warmer weather.

The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg will re-open to visitors on July 15.

July 9

Russians shouldn’t expect a return to their normal pre-coronavirus lives before February 2021, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said .

Russia  confirmed  6,509 new coronavirus infections Thursday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 707,301.

July 8

Russia  confirmed  6,562 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 700,792.

Migrant workers were almost twice as likely as Russians to lose their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, new research has found.

July 7

Russia  confirmed  6,368 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 694,230.

Around half of Russia’s doctors believe that official statistics undercount the number of coronavirus cases in the country while one in 10 say the numbers are too high, the Vedomosti business newspaper reported.

July 6

Russia confirmed 6,611 new coronavirus infections bringing the country’s official number of cases to 687,862.

— It is unclear when EU countries will reopen their borders to Russian tourists, President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting with the head of Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot.

July 5

Russia confirmed 6,736 new coronavirus infections bringing the country’s official number of cases to 681,251.

— A Moscow election official infected with the coronavirus administered votes during Russia’s weeklong plebiscite on constitutional changes, the Dozhd television channel  reported .

July 4

Russia confirmed 6,632 new coronavirus infections bringing the country’s official number of cases to 674,515.

July 3

—  Russia confirmed 6,718 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 667,883.

July 2

— Russia  confirmed  6,760 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 661,165.

— Former Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev has recovered from the coronavirus two weeks after testing positive, his spokesman  said .

July 1

—  Russia  confirmed  6,556 new coronavirus infections Wednesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 654,405.

—  Russia is not among the 15 countries whose citizens can enter the European Union when it re-opens its borders Wednesday due to Russia‘s coronavirus response. Russia could be added later to the EU’s list of “safe countries,” which the bloc will  update every two weeks based on the safety situation in each state.

—  Russia held a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms despite the coronavirus. The amendments, which were overwhelmingly approved, would allow President Vladimir Putin to extend his rule until 2036 by resetting his term limits.

June 30

— Russia  confirmed  6,693 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 647,849. 

Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov has recovered from the coronavirus, he wrote on his Instagram on Tuesday. He said he had contracted the virus three months ago while being treated for leukemia in Berlin.

The republic of Chechnya has canceled its two-week quarantine requirement for individuals entering the region, its head Ramzan Kadyrov said at a meeting as quoted by Interfax. People entering the region will still be required to present negative coronavirus test results or to take a test at the border.

June 29

— Russia  confirmed  6,719 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 641,156.

—  Russia‘s coronavirus lockdown measures, combined with residents’ compliance with these restrictions, have helped prevent about 80,000 deaths from the virus, a study by Moscow‘s Higher School of Economics said .

Russia‘s movie theaters will reopen on July 15, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko said at a meeting with Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. The country’s cinemas had closed in late March due to the coronavirus.

—  A second wave of coronavirus could hit major cities in European Russia as soon as two weeks from now, Mikhail Shchelkanov, who heads the Far Eastern Federal University’s school of biomedicine, told  Ura.ru .  The virus could also hit Russia’s Far Eastern port city of Vladivostok through Chinese citizens returning home from other countries. 

Vladimir Lenin’s tomb on Red Square will reopen to the public on July 1, the Federal Security Service said.

June 28

— Russia  confirmed  6,791 new coronavirus infections Sunday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 634,437.

— President Vladimir Putin gets tested for the coronavirus “every three to four days,” he told the state Rossia 1 broadcaster in an interview that aired Sunday. All of the tests have come back negative, he added.

June 27

— Russia  confirmed  6,852 new coronavirus infections Saturday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 627,646.

June 26

—  Russia  confirmed  6,800 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 620,794.

— About 20% of Moscow residents have coronavirus immunity, deputy mayor Anastasia Rakova said , citing a new study.

Moscow isn’t ready to fully re-open its tourism sector, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said .

Russia will ease its ban on foreigners imposed due to the coronavirus to allow foreign specialists to enter the country, a government decree says . Specialists who meet the government’s requirements will be allowed a single entry into the country.

June 25

—  Russia  confirmed  7,113 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 613,994.

June 24

—  Russia  confirmed  7,176 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 606,881.

—  Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot has been secretly flying passengers abroad for nearly a month despite state-mandated grounded flights due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Vedomosti business daily  reported .

— Russia held its landmark Victory Day parade on Red Square after it was postponed from May 9 due to the coronavirus. Despite the pandemic, thousands of military personnel took part in the parade, which marks the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over the Nazis in World War II.

— Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Zheenbekov  pulled out of attending the Victory Day parade in person after two members of his delegation tested positive for Covid-19 upon arriving in Moscow.

—  The European Union is considering barring Russian travelers from entering when it reopens its borders next week, The New York Times  reported .

June 23

— Russia  confirmed  7,425 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 599,075.

—  Starting Tuesday, Moscow‘s indoor dining, fitness clubs, swimming pools and public sports and recreation facilities will reopen after being closed for months due to the coronavirus.

— Russia’s state statistics agency published higher coronavirus death figures for April than previously reported because it receives more complete data than the national coronavirus crisis center, its chief has said .

—  More than one-quarter of Russians know at least one person among their friends, family or aquaintances who has contracted the coronavirus, the RBC news website reported , citing research from Moscow‘s Higher School of Economics.

The Buddhist leader, or Supreme Lama, of the republic of Tyva, a remote region of Russia in southern Siberia, has died of coronavirus, the head of the region said .

June 22

— Russia  confirmed  7,600 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 592,280.

— Most Russian regions will be able to start accepting tourists from other parts of the country starting July 1, Rostourism spokesperson Zarina Doguzova said .

—  St. Petersburg has surpassed Moscow as having the country’s highest coronavirus mortality for the first time since the pandemic began. Twenty-nine people have died from coronavirus in St. Petersburg over the past 24 hours compared to 20 people in Moscow.

June 21

— Russia  confirmed  7,728 new coronavirus infections Saturday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 584,680.

June 20

Russia confirmed 7,889 new coronavirus infections Saturday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 576,952.

June 19

—  Russia  confirmed  7,972 new coronavirus infections Friday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 569,063.

—  Russia has canceled its high-profile Asia-focused economic forum in the Far East, organizers said, as the coronavirus epidemic was far from over in the country. 

Wedding registrations and ceremonies will resume in Moscow starting June 23, Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova said , with sanitary and social distancing requirements still in place.

June 18

— Russia  confirmed  7,790 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 561,091.

Four hundred and eighty-nine doctors in Russia have died from the coronavirus, the head of Russia‘s health watchdog said , or 6% of the country’s official death toll. The agency later backtracked, with its press service saying that the figure was “not official” and was based on “data circulating on the internet.”

— Nursultan Nazarbayev, the former president of close Russian ally and former Soviet republic Kazakhstan, has been diagnosed with coronavirus, his spokesperson  said .

Mikhail Ignatyev, the ousted head of the republic of Chuvashia who sued President Vladimir Putin last month over what he said was wrongful dismissal, has died from the coronavirus, Interfax reported , citing a source in the region’s administration. He had reportedly been hospitalized in St. Petersburg with pneumonia in both lungs in critical condition.

The Russian military has started testing a coronavirus vaccine on 18 volunteers, the Defense Ministry said . On Wednesday, the Health Ministry said its coronavirus vaccine trials had begun with two groups of 38 volunteers.

June 17

— Russia  confirmed  7,843 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 553,301.

—  A special disinfection tunnel has been installed at President Vladimir Putin’s residence outside Moscow to protect him from the coronavirus, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency  reported .

Russian World War II veterans who attend next Wednesday‘s Victory Day parade on Red Square won’t be required to wear masks, the head of Russia‘s consumer protection watchdog said . Attendees will be spaced apart and all surfaces will be disinfected, Anna Popova said.

—  The veterans are self-isolating outside Moscow in order to protect President Vladimir Putin from the coronavirus. 

— As of Wednesday, 20 cities had  canceled or delayed  their Victory Day parades due to the coronavirus.

The Krasnodar region in southern Russia will begin easing restrictions on tourists starting June 21, including canceling a required two-week quarantine period for arriving tourists. 

June 16

Russia confirmed 8,248 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 545,458.

— A 103-year-old coronavirus patient in St. Petersburg has recovered from the illness, the hospital where she was treated said . Valentina Martynovna is now at home with family and “feeling well,” the hospital said.

June 15

— Russia  confirmed  8,246 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 537,210.

—  Russia’s second-largest city St. Petersburg had the highest coronavirus mortality rate among all Russian cities in the month of April, according to a new analysis of official data.

— Russian officials have urged hotels to ban unmarried couples from checking in as a way to preventing the spread of coronavirus.

— President Vladimir Putin has extended the period in which foreign nationals whose Russian visas expired after March 15 can stay in the country. Foreigners already in Russia will now have their visas automatically extended through Sept. 15.

—  Three more Russian cities, Penza, Chelyabinsk and Yakutsk, have canceled plans to hold Victory Day parades on June 24 due to the coronavirus, the Kommersant business daily  reported . At least 10 other cities had  canceled  or postponed the parade last week.

— French President Emmanuel Macron didn’t receive an invitation to Russia‘s rescheduled Victory Day parade on June 24 and will not attend as a result, a representative of the Elysee Palace told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency. He was one of the world leaders expected to attend the landmark May 9 military parade on Red Square before it was postponed due to the coronavirus.

June 14

— Russia  confirmed  8,835 new coronavirus infections Sunday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 528,964.

June 13

—  Russia confirmed  8,836 new coronavirus infections Saturday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 528,964.

— Russia more than doubled its official coronavirus death toll for April to 2,712 after changing how it classifies fatalities.

June 12

—  President Vladimir Putin on Friday made his first public appearance  after weeks of coronavirus lockdown, saying at a ceremony to mark the Russia Day public holiday that  an “absolute majority” of Russians back his controversial plan to change the Constitution.

— Russian officials handing over a ballistic missile submarine to the Northern Fleet on Friday did not wear masks or practice social distancing, despite the ceremony taking place in the city with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the northern Arkhangelsk region.

June 11

Russia  confirmed  8,779 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 502,436.

The first batch of Avifavir, the drug Russia  approved to treat coronavirus patients, has been delivered to some Russian hospitals.

—  At least 10 Russian cities have further postponed a landmark military parade meant to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory in World War II because of coronavirus fears, the Znak.com news website  reported .

The head of the World Health Organization’s emergencies program has questioned Russia‘s low coronavirus death rate, saying it is “unusual that the number of deaths relative to the number of confirmed cases is very low.”

The Kremlin doesn’t view Russia‘s coronavirus mortality data as unusual and Rospotrebnadzor is ready to explain its numbers to the WHO, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said .

— Discrepancies in Russia‘s coronavirus mortality data are caused by the fact that Moscow authorities haven’t sent the city’s final numbers to the federal headquarters, the RBC news website reported .

Russian Railways will resume regular service of its Sapsan high-speed trains between Moscow and St. Petersburg starting June 24.

More than 17% of Moscow residents have coronavirus antibodies, deputy mayor Anastasia Rakova said .

—  Russia’s second-largest city of St. Petersburg has a shortage of hospital beds for coronavirus patients, the Fontanka news website  reported  as patients decried poor conditions at a hastily built temporary hospital.

June 10

— Russia  confirmed  8,404 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 493,657.

Almost 60% more people in Moscow have died in May than the city’s average toll for the past three years, the city health department said  as questions continue to swirl around Russia’s low coronavirus death figures. 

Russia‘s low coronavirus death toll is the result of the country’s “effective” healthcare system, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN. “Have you ever thought about the possibility of Russia‘s health care system being more effective?” he said.

— It will take about two months for Moscow to completely exit its coronavirus lockdown, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said .

June 9

Moscow ended its self-isolation orders — including its digital pass system and schedule system for taking walks outside — Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said . The city has also released a schedule  of which restrictions will be lifted over the next few weeks. 

— Russia  confirmed  8,595 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 485,253.

—  The city of Murmansk in Russia’s Arctic has opened a new coronavirus field hospital two weeks after breaking ground on construction.

June 8

— Russia confirmed  8,985 new coronavirus infections Monday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 476,658. 

— Russia will begin re-opening its borders to foreign nationals, starting with foreigners who need to come to Russia for medical treatment or to take care of their relatives, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said .

Russia‘s tourism sector is ready to begin gradually re-opening, Mishustin said at a video meeting with his deputies.

— Russia plans to resume international air travel on July 15 as it eyes a gradual return to normal life amid the coronavirus pandemic, the RBC news website and state-run TASS news agency reported Sunday.

Russian carrier S7 Airlines plans to resume all domestic flights in June, the company said in a statement Monday.

June 7

—  Russia  confirmed  8,984 new coronavirus infections Sunday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 467,673.

June 6

Russia  confirmed  8,855 new coronavirus infections Saturday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 458,689.

June 5

—  Russia  confirmed  8,726 new coronavirus infections Friday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 449,834.

June 4

— R ussia  confirmed  8,831 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 441,108.

— Russia plans to start clinical testing of a coronavirus vaccine on paid volunteers from the general public from next week, the director of the institute in charge of the study told The Moscow Times.

— A U.S. military plane carrying 150 donated ventilators to help coronavirus patients landed in Moscow in the second such delivery to Russia, the U.S. embassy said.

—  President Vladimir Putin has ordered the military to set up a field hospital in the Zabaikalsky region he described as the latest coronavirus hotspot as Russia‘s outbreak continues to shift outside Moscow.

—  Russia’s second-largest city St. Petersburg recorded almost 30% more deaths in May 2020 compared to its average May total over the past decade, official data  said .

June 3

— Russia  confirmed  8,536 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 432,277.

One patient has died following a fire at St. Petersburg’s Botkin infectious diseases hospital, which is being used to treat coronavirus patients, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported .

Russian hospitals will be able to resume planned medical procedures, according to a decree signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. Hospitals which were converted to treat coronavirus patients may also return to their normal work depending on the coronavirus situation in their region.

June 2

— Russia  confirmed  8,863 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 423,741.

The Russian military will march asymptomatic troops and those who have developed immunity to coronavirus at its landmark parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory in World War II later this month, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said .

Russia‘s movie theaters could re-open as early as mid-July, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko said  during a government meeting, pointing to the stabilizing coronavirus situation. Theaters and concert halls will start re-opening in the fall, he added.

—  Russia’s military  said  it has recruited dozens of volunteers among its ranks for two-month clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine set to begin Wednesday.

— Russian scientists are developing a coronavirus treatment involving ultraviolet light brought inside the body, a potentially dangerous method that has been promoted by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Temporary hospitals erected in Moscow to treat coronavirus patients will remain in operation for at least a year, deputy mayor Anastasia Rakova told state-run television. Five temporary hospitals have been constructed across the city with a total of 10,000 beds, she said.

June 1

—  Russia  confirmed  9,035 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 414,878.

—  Russia will begin rolling out its first approved drug in the fight against coronavirus which it describes as “a game changer” starting next week,  Reuters  reported , citing the country’s sovereign wealth fund. 

—  Russia‘s public vote on a set of constitutional amendments that would allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power through 2036 will take place on July 1, Putin said at a meeting with officials.

— A coronavirus patient who fell from a fifth-floor window at a Moscow hospital on Saturday was a police lieutenant colonel and a senior forensics expert in the Interior Ministry, the RBC news website reported, citing an unnamed Interior Ministry source. The woman survived the fall and is now in intensive care, RBC reported.

Nikol Pashinyan, the prime minister of Armenia, has contracted the coronavirus, he announced .

May 31

— Russia confirmed 9,268 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 405,843.

May 30

Russia confirmed  8,952 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 396,575.

May 29

Russia  confirmed  8,572 new coronavirus infections Friday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 387,623.

—  Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has ordered to lift some of Moscow‘s coronavirus restrictions starting June 1. All non-food shops and some service sector businesses will be able to re-open, he said. The city will also  test lifting restrictions on walks outside using a schedule system for apartment buildings and all parks except for Zaryadye Park will re-open.

— Moscow health authorities have more than doubled the city’s April death count from coronavirus or related cases as questions continue to surround Russia’s comparatively low mortality rate.

—  Russian authorities said Thursday that a small number of spectators would be allowed at stadiums when the country’s Premier League restarts its suspended season next month.

— Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin added the media sector to the list of industries that qualify for government support during the coronavirus pandemic, entitling publishers and news outlets to tax payment deferrals, interest-free loans for paying employee salaries and more.

May 28

—  Russia confirmed  8,371 new coronavirus infections Thursday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 379,051.

— Russia is reissuing invitations to international leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron to attend a massive military parade in Moscow on June 24, a Foreign Ministry official said.

Moscow‘s coronavirus restrictions will be in place until a vaccine is developed, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said .

—  One in four Russians believe that the global coronavirus pandemic is made-up, according to a survey by Moscow’s Higher School of Economics (HSE)  cited  by the RBC news website.

May 27

—  Russia  confirmed  8,338 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 370,680.

—  Russia will no longer include asymptomatic coronavirus patients in its daily count of new infections and deaths, the Health Ministry said .  

—  Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said he is “healthy,” even demonstrating that his arms don’t have IV marks, after rumors that he was hospitalized with possible coronavirus.

— Russia announced that the coronavirus pandemic has forced it to postpone two international summits, the BRICS and SCO summits, which were set for St. Petersburg in July.

Russia‘s consumer protection watchdog said the capital is ready to enter the first phases of lifting its coronavirus restrictions.

— The Russian military announced it had opened a field hospital in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan where authorities are struggling to contain a coronavirus outbreak.

May 26

— Russia  confirmed  8,915 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 362,342.

— President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian military to hold its landmark parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory in World War II, which was originally scheduled for May 9, on June 24, pointing to what he said was a stabilization of the coronavirus in Russia.

—  About 50% of Russians have abandoned their vacation plans due to the coronavirus, the ROMIR research agency said . The previous day, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said that Russians should avoid traveling abroad this summer.

Russia‘s Health Ministry said that 101 Russian medics have died from the coronavirus. According to an unofficial tally kept by Russian and Belarussian doctors, 305 medics have died from the virus.

May 25

— Russia  confirmed  8,946 new coronavirus infections Monday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 353,427.

—  President Vladimir Putin has  signed a law  allowing Russians to vote by mail or online in a move supporters say will prevent the spread of the coronavirus and opponents claim will open the door to manipulation.

Putin congratulated Muslims across Russia on the Eid al-Fitr holiday, a feast marking the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan.  Authorities in Moscow and Russia’s Muslim-majority regions have canceled prayer gatherings and ordered mosques to remain closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

— A provincial leader outside Moscow was heard telling his subordinates to alter his region’s coronavirus data in an audio recording leaked Monday that he later confirmed to be authentic.

— A makeup artist in eastern Moscow has been seeing clients despite testing positive for the coronavirus, Russian media reported.  Irina Subbotina tested positive for the virus and was ordered to self-quarantine in mid-May but continued to see clients, the reports said.

May 24

— President Vladimir Putin warned that a second wave of the coronavirus epidemic could hit Russia this fall as he noted that the country’s current outbreak is stabilizing.

Russia confirmed  8,599 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 344,481. Russia has the third-highest number of infections behind the United States and Brazil, but the number of new cases has fallen below 10,000 for nine days in a row.

—  Russia is expected this month to register a spike in mortality rates amid the coronavirus epidemic, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said.

Russia has carried out its first test of a coronavirus vaccine on humans, the head of the Gamaleya Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology said . The vaccine was tested on the center’s own employees and no side effects were reportedly found.

May 22

—  One in three Russian doctors who treat coronavirus patients have been told to change how they report cases, according to a survey  cited  by the Meduza news website amid questions over Russia’s low Covid-19 death toll.

—  One out of seven healthy Russians may have been infected with the coronavirus, according to a Moscow-based private lab analysis of voluntary testing  published  Friday.

Starting May 25, Moscow‘s public registry services will re-open and car-sharing will resume, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said . All other lockdown restrictions remain in place.

Moscow has managed to avoid the “worst-case scenario” with the coronavirus, Sobyanin said , but stressed that it’s necessary to maintain current lockdown measures.

People who violate lockdown orders in the Moscow region surrounding the capital will be punished with up to 100 hours of community service in hospitals, the region’s security services said .

May 21

—  Russia  confirmed  8,849 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 317,554.

—  Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has been hospitalized in Moscow with a suspected coronavirus infection, Interfax  reported , citing an unnamed source in Moscow‘s medical services.

— A U.S. military plane carrying dozens of donated American ventilators touched down in Moscow, with the precious cargo ready to be sent to a hospital treating coronavirus patients.

— At least 9,479 Russian medical workers have been infected with the coronavirus in the past month and more than 70 have died, the Associated Press  reported , citing official statements and news reports in more than 70 Russian regions. Healthcare workers say the death toll is much higher.

May 20

—  Russia  confirmed  8,764 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 308,705 and marking the lowest daily increase since May 1.

— Moscow‘s coronavirus death rate will be “significantly” higher in May than it was in April, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin warned .

May 19

—  Russia  confirmed  9,263 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 299,941.  

— Russian medics are 16 times more likely to die from the coronavirus than healthcare professionals in countries with similarly high Covid-19 numbers, the Mediazona news website  reported .

— Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has resumed his official duties nearly three weeks after first announcing that he had been diagnosed with the coronavirus and naming an acting prime minister.

— The Saratov region has reinstated its ban on walks and outdoor activities a week after easing the restriction due to the region’s high growth rate in new coronavirus cases, its vice governor said. 

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the situation with the coronavirus in Moscow is “still far from ideal.” 

Government offices in Moscow will reopen next week, and some clinics will be allowed to provide planned medical treatments.  Sobyanin said that it was still too soon to think about reopening other parts of the capital such as shopping centers or hairdressers.

Moscow authorities announced plans to double testing capacity to 200,000 a day by the end of May.

Moscow residents will be allowed to go outside to walk or exercise only when the number of new daily infections reaches the “tens or hundreds, not thousands,” Sobyanin added. Moscow reported 3,545 new cases.

Russia‘s second-largest city St. Petersburg has banned residents from attending funeral services regardless of the cause of death of the deceased, the Fontanka.ru news website reported .

May 18

— Russia  confirmed  8,926 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 290,678 and signaling a potential slowdown in new cases.

— Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said that the growth in new coronavirus cases has been stopped in Russia.

—  Russia’s national coronavirus crisis center has stopped updating the latest Covid-19 death counts in at least two Siberian regions while the regions have published new numbers, the Tayga.info news website  reported .

Twenty-seven of Russia‘s 85 regions are ready to start gradually easing coronavirus restrictions, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said .

—  President Vladimir Putin said the coronavirus situation in Dagestan required urgent attention after a top official said hundreds of people in the region might have died from the virus.

Russia‘s consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor has recommended that Russian airlines fill their flights by no more than 50% in order to adequately space passengers apart from each other.

Russia‘s low coronavirus death toll compared to other countries is a result of the population’s herd immunity, the head of Russia‘s Gamaleya Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology Alexander Gintsburg  said .

May 17

— Russia  confirmed  9,709 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 281,752. 

—  A baby was born with the coronavirus in Russia‘s Caucasus region of North Ossetia, health officials were quoted by the state-run TASS news agency as saying, to a mother who is also infected. The birth in the city of Beslan follows one in mid-April in Peru, which health officials there said was the second known case of a Covid-19 positive newborn worldwide.

The growth of new cases in Russia is stabilizing, Anna Popova, the head of public health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said, as the daily tally fell under 10,000 for the third day this week. “We’ve moved towards the level of stability that we’ve all been waiting for .. I would say that as of today, we have halted the growth,” she told the state television channel Rossiya 1.

—  More than 13,000 people in Dagestan have contracted  the coronavirus or community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), the region’s health minister said. A total of 657 people have died from Covid-19 or CAP, including 40 doctors, he added. According to official statistics, there have been 3,371 coronavirus infections and just 29 deaths from Covid-19 in the region.

—  Russia confirmed 9,709 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 281,752.

May 16

Russia  confirmed  9,200 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 272,043 and signaling a potential slowing of new cases.

May 15

— Russia  confirmed  10,598 new coronavirus infections Friday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 262,843.

The RussiaPremier League‘s season will resume June 21, the Russian Football Union (RFU) said  Friday. The matches, which have been suspended since March 17, will be held without spectators.

Yandex will end its free coronavirus testing program, the tech giant said, adding that it has carried out 20,000 of the free tests since the program began on April 20.

May 14

Russia  confirmed  9,974 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 252,245.

Clinics in Moscow, the epicenter of Russia‘s coronavirus epidemic, will begin mass random testing of residents for coronavirus antibodies on Friday, the mayor said.

— President Vladimir Putin said the coronavirus outbreak was easing in Russia, after daily confirmed cases dropped back below 10,000. 

“Over the past weeks, all our efforts have been aimed first and foremost at pushing back against the coronavirus epidemic,” Putin said in a televised videoconference with scientists and officials. “The situation is changing now, and this gives us an opportunity to once again focus on our current and long-term agenda.”

Education and Science Minister Valery Falkov was diagnosed with coronavirus, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting, making him the fourth minister to catch the virus. During the meeting, Falkov said he has already recovered and returned to work.

—  Clinics in Moscow, the epicenter of Russia‘s coronavirus epidemic, will begin mass random testing of residents for coronavirus antibodies on Friday, the mayor said. The free and voluntary testing will “show the real picture” of the epidemic’s stage, since many people may have had the virus without knowing it, Sergei Sobyanin told state television.

“Every three days we will send out 70,000 invitations to Moscow residents” to have their blood drawn at clinics, he said.

May 13

— Russia  confirmed  10,028 new coronavirus infections Wednesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 242,271.

—  More than 60% of deaths among Moscow’s coronavirus patients are not being counted toward the city’s official virus death toll, city health officials  said .

Russian low-cost airline Pobeda will resume its domestic flights on June 1 after suspending all its flights in late March, the RBC news website reported .

—  Russia’s oldest coronavirus patient, 100-year-old Pelageya Poyarkova, has fully recovered from the illness, the Federal Biomedical Agency (FMBA)  said  Wednesday.

—  Russia might not see its pre-coronavirus levels of tourism return until January 2021, officials  said  Tuesday.

— State Duma deputy Oksana Pushkina has tested positive for the coronavirus, she said .

Nearly 1,500 doctors and healthcare workers in St. Petersburg have been infected with coronavirus since the epidemic began, Governor Alexander Beglov said .

May 12

— Russia  confirmed  10,899 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 232,243.

— President Vladimir Putin has eased Russia’s “non-working” period imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus even as Russia emerges as Europe’s new coronavirus hotspot. 

— Five people died in a fire in a hospital for coronavirus patients in Russia‘s second-largest city of St. Petersburg, with some victims attached to ventilators, officials said.

—  President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov has been hospitalized with coronavirus, he told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency Tuesday.

Starting today, Moscow residents will be required to wear face masks and gloves in all public places.

Russian pharmacy chains are reporting shortages in thermometers, according to the Kommersant business daily.

May 11

— Russia  confirmed  11,656 new coronavirus infections Monday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 221,344 and marking a new one-day record increase.

Russia‘s second-largest city, St. Petersburg, has extended its coronvirus lockdown until May 31 and will require its residents to wear face masks and gloves in public starting May 12.

—  Russia has conducted more than 5.6 million coronavirus tests, its state consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said , or about 188,000 tests per day.

May 10

—  Russia  confirmed  11,012 new coronavirus infections Sunday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 209,688.

May 9

Russia  confirmed 10,817 new coronavirus infections Saturday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 198,676.

—  President Vladimir Putin called for Russians to stand together on Saturday as the country marked the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II on lockdown over the virus. “We know and firmly believe that we are invincible when we stand together,” Putin said in a televised speech after plans for a grand Victory Day military parade in Red Square had to be postponed because of the pandemic.

—  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.

—  One person died after a fire broke out in a hospital treating coronavirus patients in northern Moscow, forcing an evacuation, emergencies officials said Saturday.

May 8

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.

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.

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.

May 7

—  Russia  confirmed  11,231 new coronavirus infections Thursday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 177,160 and marking a new one-day record rise in infections.

The real number of coronavirus infections in Moscow is likely around 300,000, Sobyanin said . Officially, the city has 92,676 cases.

— “I don’t want to say this, but we need to prepare for a long period surrounding the spread of the epidemic and the danger of infection. Such is reality, sadly, and we should stare this reality in the face,” he said.

Leonid Fedun, the billionaire energy tycoon who co-founded Lukoil and owns FC Spartak Moscow, has been hospitalized with coronavirus.

May 6

—  Russia  confirmed  10,559 new coronavirus infections Wednesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 165,929. 

—  Russian Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the third Russian cabinet official to become infected with the virus after construction minister Vladimir Yakushev and Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin

—  Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said stay-at-home restrictions would remain in place beyond May 12, but companies involved in industry and construction would be allowed to return to work that day.

Moscow residents could be required to wear face masks in all public spaces as early as next week, the Kommersant business daily reported . 

—  Russian prosecutors have shot down online conspiracy theories about the coronavirus’ manmade origins as fake, the  Prosecutor General’s Office   said  in a statement Wednesday

Moscow has conducted 1 million coronavirus tests since the start of its outbreak, the city’s coronavirus task force said , citing deputy mayor Anastasia Rakova. More than 40,000 tests are carried out daily. Nationwide, 4.4 million tests have been carried out.

May 5

—  Russia  confirmed  10,102 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 155,370. 

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, Interfax reported .

May 4

—  Russia  confirmed  10,581 new coronavirus infections Monday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 145,268. 

—  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 .

Bosnia denied entry to a team of 24 Russian military medical experts who had come to the Balkan country to carry out decontamination work. 

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, Interfax reported .

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.

May 3

— Russia  confirmed  10,633 new coronavirus infections Sunday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 134,687 and marking a new one-day record increase.

May 2

— Russia confirmed 9,623 new coronavirus infections Saturday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 124,054 and marking a new one-day record increase. 

— About 2% of Moscow residents   —   or more than 250,000 people   —   have the coronavirus, the mayor of the Russian capital said on Saturday, citing test results.  Around 2,000 Moscow doctors have either recovered from or are currently ill with Covid-19, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin  said .

May 1

—  Russia  confirmed  7,933 new coronavirus infections Friday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 114,431 and marking a new one-day record increase. 

—  Half of Moscow’s coronavirus patients in serious condition have tested negative for the virus, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin  said  Thursday amid questions over the accuracy of Russia’s tests.

Eight refrigerated containers to store the bodies of deceased coronavirus patients have been installed at hospitals in St. Petersburg, the local Fontanka.ru news website reported . The city’s health department told Fontanka that the containers aren’t being used yet and are a precautionary step in case the number of deaths rises.

Russia could possibly tighten its coronavirus lockdown after May 11 if residents don’t follow the self-isolation rules over the May holidays, consumer protection watchdog head Anna Popova said .

Moscow is setting up 44 temporary hospitals which will treat up to 10,000 coronavirus patients, deputy mayor Pyotr Biryukov said .

April 30

Russia  confirmed  7,099 new coronavirus infections Thursday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 106,498 and marking a new one-day record increase.

— Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has been diagnosed with coronavirus, he said during a video meeting with President Vladimir Putin broadcast on the state-run Rossiya 24 television channel Thursday.

— More than 300 members of the National Guard have contracted coronavirus, the defense force  said .

Residents of the Moscow region will soon be required to wear masks in public places, the governor of the region surrounding the capital  said .

The opening of Russia‘s new Orthodox mega-cathedral dedicated to the Armed Forces has been indefinitely postponed due to the coronavirus, Interfax reported . The cathedral was originally scheduled to open to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over the Nazis on May 9.

April 29

—  Russia  confirmed  5,841 new coronavirus infections Wednesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 99,399. 

More than 1,000 Russian military personnel have tested positive for coronavirus, the Defense Ministry said .

Moscow will start constructing temporary hospitals that will hold a total of 10,000 beds for coronavirus patients, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said .

—  Russia will allow its nationals who hold second passports to leave the country amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to a government decree  issued  Wednesday.

— Konstantin Malofeyev, the billionaire often referred to as Russia‘s “Orthodox tycoon,” said he has contracted the coronavirus.

Russia has indefinitely extended its entry ban for foreigners, which was originally set to end May 1, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said . 

—  A group suspected of attempting to sell 100 counterfeit ventilators used to treat coronavirus patients have been detained after an armed conf

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