Russia Has Another Record Daily Spike In COVID-19 Cases

A policeman walks past a statue by Russian artist Gregory Orekhov, in central Moscow, on May 1, 2020, on May day. - The Labour Day celebrations were canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak (the novel coronavirus). (Pho... A policeman walks past a statue by Russian artist Gregory Orekhov, in central Moscow, on May 1, 2020, on May day. - The Labour Day celebrations were canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak (the novel coronavirus). (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo by YURI KADOBNOV/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 1, 2020 10:07 a.m.

MOSCOW — Russia registered almost 8,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday in yet another record daily spike, bringing the total to 114,431. The number of cases is likely to be much higher as not everyone gets tested, and tests in Russia were reported to be only 70-80% accurate.

In at least five Russian regions, health officials registered a surge of pneumonia cases. In Moscow, which accounts for half of all virus cases, all respiratory infections are likely to be caused by the coronavirus, according to the public health agency Rospotrebnadzor.

On Thursday, Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced testing positive for the new virus and temporarily stepping back from running the Cabinet.

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