MOSCOW | Russia, spent Sunday the symbolic threshold of 200 000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with a number of new infections day-to-day top and that should make it the most affected country in Europe as early as next week.
The authorities have reported 11 012 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, bringing the total confirmed to 209 688 cases in the largest country in the world, while the mortality official, remains relatively low with the 1915 victims.
The Russian authorities claim that the surge in the number of cases for a week can be explained by the multiplication of the tests carried out – 5.4 million according to the counting of Sunday – and not by an acceleration of the spread. This would also explain the low mortality.
The objective of mass screening is to hunt down cases asymptomatic or mild COVID-19 and who are not necessarily recognized in other countries because of lack of access to tests.
But some in Russia are sceptical about this interpretation and the accuracy of mortality statistics.
Michael Ryan, the director-general in charge of questions of a health emergency the world health Organization (WHO), has estimated Friday that “Russia is likely to experience an epidemic waiting to happen”.
Moscow, the main focus of the epidemic in Russia, has extended the containment until the end of the month of may, while allowing the construction sites and industries to resume their activity.