Russian Federation reports 9,623 new COVID-19 cases in a day

Medical workers transport a woman into a hospital where patients infected with the COVID-19 novel coronavirus are being treated in the settlement of Kommunarka outside Moscow on April 27, 2020.

Fifty eight people died over the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 1,280. People in Moscow can leave home to visit the nearest food shop or chemist, walk their dog or throw out rubbish but need special passes for other activities.

Moscow's mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Saturday cautioned against complacency, saying the capital was not past the peak of its coronavirus epidemic.

Moscow recorded 5,358 new cases, bringing the capital's total tally to 62,658.

President Vladimir Putin has ordered the restrictive measures, called non-working days, to continue until May 11 when the country finishes celebrating the Labour Day and Victory Day holidays.

"The threat is apparently on the rise", Sobyanin said on his blog earlier on Saturday.

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Despite a relatively low number of cases and deaths compared with the United States, Italy and Spain, which have been hit hardest by the disease, Russia's infection curve has not reached a plateau.

He said he thought 2% of Moscow, with a population of 12.7 million, had been infected, a much higher figure than official statistics show.

Sobyanin told Rossiya-1 TV station that, should the situation worsen, authorities may cut the number of digital permits issued for travel across the city.

In the far northeast of Russian Federation, 3,000 of 10,000 workers at a vast natural gas field tested positive, according to the Associated Press.

The Russian Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities said Friday that its minister Vladimir Yakushev and deputy minister Dmitry Volkov have tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • Sonia Alvarado