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Russia Surpasses 350k Coronavirus Cases

Russia is now the second most-affected country in terms of infections. Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP

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

Over the weekend, Brazil surpassed Russia as the world's second most-affected country.

The head of Russia's public health watchdog, Anna Popova, has said that the growth of new coronavirus cases in Russia is stabilizing.

Over the past 24 hours, 92 people have died, bringing the total toll to 3,633 — a rate considerably lower than in many other countries hit hard by the pandemic.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia as of May 25. MT

The strongman leader of Russia's southern Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, was receiving treatment for a suspected coronavirus infection, news agencies reported Thursday citing sources, though his aides did not confirm it.

One of Russia's most high-profile virus cases, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, returned to work this week after receiving treatment for the illness in hospital.

Overall, 118,798 people in Russia are no longer infected with coronavirus, health officials said Monday.

Authorities have said the situation is stabilizing and half a million industrial and construction workers have been allowed to return to work in Moscow.

Russia has recorded far fewer deaths than other countries with large outbreaks, but critics have cast doubt on the low official mortality rate and accused authorities of under-reporting to play down the scale of the crisis.

Russian health officials say one of the reasons the count is lower than in the United States and parts of western Europe is that only deaths directly caused by the virus are being included.

AFP contributed reporting to this article.

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