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Russia’s coronavirus caseload jumps by about 1,000 over 24 hours

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 Russia reported nearly 1,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, its largest jump since the pandemic began, as regions throughout the country maintain lockdown quarantine measures.

The reported cases rose by 11 per cent, or 954, to 6,343, according to official figures. There have been at least 47 deaths linked with the virus in the country.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has advised the public to stay home for the rest of the month and only go outside when absolutely necessary.

“We have not yet passed the peak of the epidemic in the world and in our country,” Putin said in a nationally televised speech last week.

Most of the country’s regions have imposed lockdown quarantine measures, following the lead of Moscow, which has the most recorded cases.

Putin until recently had been cultivating an image of being at the forefront of efforts to combat the crisis, including donning a hazmat suit to personally visit patients at Moscow’s Kommunarka hospital.

Putin is now working remotely, his spokesman said last week. A top doctor at that hospital, Denis Protsenko, with whom Putin had shaken hands during the visit, has tested positive for the virus.

Last week another facility specializing in treating the coronavirus opened at Moscow’s Pirogov hospital as the case count in Russia’s largest city continues to rise.

The Pirogov Centre has an initial capacity for 250 coronavirus patients, general director Oleg Karpov said.

“We understand that in fulfilling the main task our employees are at great risk,” Karpov told dpa on Monday.

Medical staff are being given drugs to strengthen their immune system as a prophylactic measure, he said.

Staff members are to be tested for the virus several times a week and provided living quarters at the facility to minimize the potential for spreading the disease.

The staff have undergone an intense training programme to prepare for working within the necessary protective gear, Karpov said, as such gear can “complicate and limit” the work that can be performed. .

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Bayern Munich’s Thiago to miss top game at Borussia Dortmund through injury

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Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has been ruled out of Tuesday’s Bundesliga top game against Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich’s coach Hansi Flick said on Monday.

This came to light after the playmaker, who had already missed Saturday’s 5-2 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt, failed to recover from a muscle injury.

“Thiago did not train today,” Flick told a virtual news conference. “Unfortunately he will miss the game (at Dortmund).”

Bayern Munich are top of the table on 61 points, four ahead of Borussia Dortmund, with seven matches remaining in the campaign.

Victory in Dortmund would send them seven points clear and put them within touching distance of a record-extending eighth consecutive league crown.

“It is a completely different game from the first one (which Bayern Munich won 4-0 earlier this season),” Flick said ahead of the game which will be played in an empty Dortmund stadium that normally sits 80,000 fans.

The Bundesliga restarted 10 days ago with a strict medical protocol banning fans from the stadiums to minimise the risk of infection.

“We are on a good run and have lost only twice in the last 23 games and drawn once. We relish this game. It’s what this job is about and that motivates the players more,” Flick added.
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Africa Day: Putin congratulates Africa, hails Russia-African close relationship

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Russian President Vladmir Putin has congratulated African Countries and leaders on the occasion of the Africa Day celebration, hailing the close relationship between the Continent and Russia.

In a message signed by Putin and obtained from the Russian Embassy in Abuja on Monday, Putin said that the day symbolizes the aspiration of the countries of Africa to freedom, peace and prosperity.

He added that the celebration was significant to both Russia and Africa as it reaffirms the relationship of the duo which dates back to the colonial era.

“This holiday assumes special significance in the run-up to the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and people celebrated this year.

“Decades ago, when many African Peoples were just embarking on the path of sovereign development, our country provided them with active political support, extensive assistance in the social and economic sphere, and training of civilian and military personnel.

“Today, African Countries are Russia’s significant and promising partners, who enjoy well-deserved authority on the global arena and play an active role in addressing topical international issues,” he said.

Putin noted that the Russia-Africa Summit which held in 2019 in Sochi, turned out to be an exclusively important milestone in the development of Russian-African relations.

According to him, the dialogue between our Countries has been brought to a qualitatively new level.

“The Russia-Africa Partnership Forum established during the Summit will undoubtedly contribute to building up mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields and coordinating efforts to counter the threats and challenges of our time.

”Including the COVID-19 pandemic, which has become a serious test for our Countries and Peoples.

“I whole-heartedly wish you good health, prosperity and every success in your state activities, and peace and prosperity to all your compatriots,” Putin said.

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Foreign ministers recommit to German-Russian cultural cooperation

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German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on Monday recommitted their countries to closer cultural cooperation at the opening of an annual conference held online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a welcome speech read out online to mark the start of the 23rd Potsdam Meeting, a German-Russian discussion forum, Maas said he hoped the pandemic would help the two countries pursue a positive agenda.

“We should not draw back from our joint responsibility at this point.

“This year’s meeting will focus on the effects of the pandemic on foreign and security policy.

“The coronavirus pandemic will, in the immediate future, be one of the most important factors in developing joint approaches in foreign policy in the global economy to boost cooperation between countries,’’ Lavrov said.

He added that Germany and Russia would focus on the leading role of their countries in a rapidly changing world.

The Potsdam Meetings, set up by the German-Russian Forum in 1999, run parallel to the Petersburg Dialogue, established in 2001.

Report says the forums aim to promote understanding between German and Russian civil societies.

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Russia to build space station, saying ISS becoming obsolete

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Russia plans to build a new space station because the current International Space Station will last only another decade at most, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Monday.

“It’s still unclear whether the new station will be international or national,’’ Roscosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin said in comments carried by the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Rogozin said that the International Space Station (ISS) would be operable for another seven to 10 years.

The ISS, with segments built by Russia and the U.S., has been in continuous use for the past two decades.

The orbiting laboratory has been a collaboration of mostly U.S. and Russian crew members, tasked with conducting scientific research that would be impossible on Earth’s surface.

It is a unique source of cooperation between these two rival powers.

Rogozin did not provide a timeline for the construction of Russia’s new space station.

He said the issue of whether it would host international crews would be decided in the near future.

“The technical preparations are supposed to start now,’’ Rogozin said.

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Russian COVID-19 cases exceed 350,000

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Russia has confirmed 8,946 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, raising its total infections to 353,427, its coronavirus response centre said in a statement on Monday.

The death toll grew by 92 to 3,633, while 118,798 people have recovered, including 5,499 over the last 24 hours, according to the statement.

Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, confirmed 2,560 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking its total to 166,473.

Russia’s consumer rights and human well-being watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement on Monday that 287,683 people were under medical observation as of Sunday.

More than 8.9 million lab tests for COVID-19 have been conducted across the country so far, it added.

Rospotrebnadzor’s Head, Anna Popova, said on Sunday on Rossiya-1 television channel, that the pandemic situation in Russia had stabilised.

She said that the virus spread ratio indicating how many people an infected person can pass the disease on to before isolation, which used to be less than one or equal to one in only nine regions, is now less than one in 27 regions and is equal to one in 17 regions.

Therefore, 44 out of Russia’s 85 regions could “proceed today or tomorrow to the first stage of the removal of restrictions imposed because of COVID-19’’, Popova said.

“Our scientists say that we’ll be able to move on to the next stage after two more weeks.’’

At the first stage, people may be allowed to engage in outdoor sports and reopen small businesses, while at the second stage, people will be allowed to walk on the streets with family members and educational institutions may reopen.

In Moscow, on Monday, some government agencies resumed receiving visitors.

City residents will again be able to apply for passports, driver’s licences and obtain other documents, the Moscow Mayor’s office said on its website.

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Russian COVID-19 cases exceed 350,000

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Russia has confirmed 8,946 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, raising its total number of infections to 353,427, its coronavirus response center said in a statement Monday.

The death toll grew by 92 to 3,633, while 118,798 people have recovered, including 5,499 over the last 24 hours, according to the statement.

Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, confirmed 2,560 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking its total to 166,473.

Russia’s consumer rights and human well-being watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement Monday that 287,683 people were under medical observation as of Sunday.

More than 8.9 million lab tests for COVID-19 have been conducted across the country so far, it added.

Rospotrebnadzor’s head Anna Popova said Sunday on Rossiya-1 television channel that the pandemic situation in Russia had stabilized.

She said that the virus spread ratio indicating how many people an infected person can pass the disease on to before isolation, which used to be less than one or equal to one in only nine regions, is now less than one in 27 regions and is equal to one in 17 regions.

Therefore, 44 out of Russia’s 85 regions could “proceed today or tomorrow to the first stage of the removal of restrictions imposed because of COVID-19,” Popova said.

“Our scientists say that we’ll be able to move on to the next stage after two more weeks,” she said.

At the first stage, people may be allowed to engage in outdoor sports and reopen small businesses, while at the second stage, people will be allowed to walk on the streets with family members and educational institutions may reopen.

In Moscow, on Monday, some government agencies resumed receiving visitors. City residents will again be able to apply for passports, driver’s licences and obtain other documents, the Moscow Mayor’s office said on its website.

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Russian COVID-19 cases increase to 344,481

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Russia has confirmed 8,599 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, raising its total number of infections to 344,481, its coronavirus response center said in a statement Sunday.

The death toll climbed by 153 to 3,541, while 113,299 people have recovered, including 5,363 over the last 24 hours, according to the center.

Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, confirmed 2,516 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking its total to 163,913.

Everyone, especially the elderly and those with chronic diseases, should minimize access to public places and observe personal hygiene rules, Russia’s consumer rights and human well-being watchdog said in a statement.

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Russian COVID-19 cases rise to 335,882

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Russia has confirmed 9,434 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, raising its total number of infections to 335,882, its coronavirus response center said in a statement Saturday.

The single-day increase has fallen below 10,000 for eight consecutive days, the center’s data showed.

The death toll grew by 139 to 3,388, while 107,936 people have recovered, including 8,111 over the last 24 hours, according to the center.

Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, confirmed 3,190 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking its total to 161,397.

Russia’s consumer rights and human well-being watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said Saturday that about 276,000 people had been under medical observation as of Friday.

More than 8.4 million lab tests for COVID-19 have been conducted across the country so far, including some 276,000 over the last 24 hours, it added.

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Russia says ready for dialogue with U.S. on Open Skies treaty based on equality

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Russia is open to dialogue with the United States on the Treaty on Open Skies, but only if it is based on equal rights and aimed at mutual consideration of interests and concerns, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday.

Earlier on Friday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the ministry had received an official note about the U.S. decision to begin the procedure of withdrawal from the treaty.

“This is deeply regrettable, as significant damage is being done to the European security,” the ministry’s statement said.

“The security of the United States itself will not be strengthened, and its authority in international affairs will certainly suffer,” it added.

The ministry recalled that U.S. official representatives said that the United States may reconsider its decision to withdraw from the treaty if Russia in the coming months unconditionally fulfills all their requirements.

“This is an ultimatum. On this basis, the dialogue will not work,” said the statement.

The U.S. decision to pull out of the treaty raises questions about Washington’s policy consistency, and caused serious concern even among the U.S. allies, it said.

Washington’s decision did not take Russia by surprise, as it fully fits into its line on the destruction of the whole complex of agreements in the field of arms control and confidence-building in the military field, the statement said.

Russia will build its policy regarding the Open Skies treaty, proceeding solely from the interests of its national security, in close cooperation with its allies and partners, the statement said.

The treaty, which became effective in 2002, allows its states-parties to conduct short-notice, unarmed reconnaissance flights over the others’ entire territories to collect data on military forces and activities.

Currently, 35 nations, including Russia, the United States, and some other members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, have signed it. Kyrgyzstan has signed but not ratified it yet.

The treaty is aimed at building confidence and familiarity among states-parties through their participation in the overflights.

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Russian COVID-19 cases rise to 326,448

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Russia has confirmed 8,894 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, raising its total number of infections to 326,448, its coronavirus response center said in a statement Friday.

The single-day increase has fallen below 10,000 for seven consecutive days, the center’s data showed.

The death toll grew by 150 to 3,249, while 99,825 people have recovered, including 7,144 over the last 24 hours, according to the center.

Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, confirmed 2,988 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking its total to 158,207.

Russia’s consumer rights and human well-being watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said Friday that 277,068 people had been under medical observation as of Thursday.

More than 8.1 million lab tests for COVID-19 have been conducted across the country so far, it added.

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Russia says awaiting U.S. clarifications on withdrawal from Treaty on Open Skies

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Russia is awaiting clarifications from the United States on pulling out of the Treaty on Open Skies to form an attitude toward their position, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.

“We did not receive official notifications or clarifications from our U.S. partners and colleagues. This is an international treaty, it has an implementation format, it has obligations of the parties that are fixed,” Zakharova was quoted by RIA Novosti news agency as saying on Russia’s Rossiya 24 broadcaster.

“In this regard, public statements, to put it mildly, are not enough for drawing conclusions regarding the intentions of the U.S. side,” she added.

“In addition to public debate, in addition to public statements, there is the usual normal practice of observing agreements and treaties. There are mechanisms for their implementation, namely there is an appropriate commission where you can come and state your claims,” Zakharova said.

Earlier in the day, U.S. President Donald Trump said the country is withdrawing from the treaty, the latest move to abandon a major international arms control agreement.

The treaty, which became effective in 2002, allows its states-parties to conduct short-notice, unarmed reconnaissance flights over the others’ entire territories to collect data on military forces and activities.

Currently, 35 nations, including Russia, the United States, and some other members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, have signed it. Kyrgyzstan has signed but not ratified it yet.

Washington abandoned the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Moscow last year.

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Russia earmarks 352 mln USD to support auto industry

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The Russian government will allocate 25 billion rubles (352 million U.S. dollars) to support the domestic automotive industry hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said Thursday.

“Of the funds, five billion rubles will be spent on purchasing ambulances,” Mishustin said at a government meeting.

The funds will also be used for preferential car loans and leasing, as well as for promoting purchases of Russia-made vehicles for companies with state participation, he said.

In April, sales of new cars and light commercial vehicles in Russia plummeted by 102,089 units or 72.4 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the Association of European Businesses (AEB).

“The Russian automotive industry experienced the strongest monthly sales decrease in AEB statistics history,” the AEB said, calling last month “Black April” due to coronavirus-related restrictions.

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China, Russia to strengthen cooperation in medical fields: spokesperson

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China and Russia will take the Year of Scientific and Technological Innovation as an opportunity to enhance exchanges and cooperation in fields including medical and health care and disease control and prevention to make due contributions to safeguarding regional and global health security, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said here Thursday.

Spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks at a press conference when asked to comment on Russian ambassador to China Andrey Denisov’s saying Wednesday that China-Russia cooperation in combating COVID-19 once again highlights the high degree of mutual trust between the two countries and their bilateral relationship will promote the further development of bilateral cooperation in the medical field.

According to Zhao, China and Russia have firmly supported each other on epidemic prevention and control, and maintained close communication and coordination since the outbreak. The two heads of state had many telephone conversations and exchanged in-depth views on the two countries’ cooperation in the fight against COVID-19.

Staff members transfer medical supplies at an airport in the China-Russia border city of Manzhouli in north China‘s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, April 17, 2020. (Xinhua/Zou Jianpu)

Staff members transfer medical supplies at an airport in the China-Russia border city of Manzhouli in north China‘s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, April 17, 2020. (Xinhua/Zou Jianpu)

The two sides provided each other with medical supplies and sent medical teams for exchanges and cooperation, Zhao said.

Faced with the epidemic, the two countries assisted each other in the fight against the outbreak, which becomes a new bright spot in China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era, he added.

This year and next year mark the China-Russia Year of Scientific and Technological Innovation, and the two sides will take this as an opportunity to strengthen cooperation in various fields including medical and health care and disease control and prevention, to make due contributions to safeguarding regional and global health security, Zhao said.

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Russian COVID-19 cases rise to 317,554

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Russia has confirmed 8,849 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, raising its total number of infections to 317,554, its coronavirus response center said in a statement Thursday.

The single-day increase has fallen below 10,000 for six consecutive days, the center’s data showed.

The death toll grew by 127 to 3,099, while 92,681 people have now recovered, including 7,289 over the last 24 hours, according to the center.

Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, confirmed 2,913 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking its total to 155,219.

Russia’s consumer rights and human well-being watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said Thursday that 277,317 people had been under medical observation as of Wednesday.

More than 7.8 million lab tests for COVID-19 have been conducted across the country so far, it added.

Currently, testing is available in 659 labs, including 107 Rospotrebnadzor labs, 459 at state medical organizations and 93 privately owned ones, it said.

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Russian nurse reprimanded for wearing revealing outfit while treating COVID-19 patients

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A Russian nurse has been reprimanded for wearing a bikini underneath a transparent protective suit while treating COVID-19 patients, the country’s official newspaper,  Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported on Wednesday.

The unnamed nurse, who reportedly works at a state hospital in the central Tula region, just south of Moscow, appears to have been candidly photographed as she tended to patients in the get-up.

A photo posted on social media shows the nurse otherwise covered head to foot in protective garb, including a face mask and visor.

The photo elicited a whirlwind of commentary online, much of it sympathetic and supportive.

The nurse said she had worn the bikini because she was too warm when fully clothed under the protective suit, the newspaper reported.

A spokesperson for the regional medical authorities said the nurse had been reprimanded, without elaborating on the incident.

Russia has confirmed more than 300,000 recorded cases of the novel coronavirus, the world’s second largest caseload behind that of the U.S.

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Turkish-Russian troops hold 12th joint patrol in Idlib, Syria

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Turkish and Russian troops conducted their 12th joint patrol along a key highway in Idlib, northwestern Syria, the Turkish defense ministry said on Wednesday.

“Within the framework of TUR-RF Agreement/Protocol, the 12th TUR-RF Combined Land Patrol on M-4 Highway in Idlib was conducted with the participation of land and air elements,” the ministry tweeted.

The two countries have accelerated the frequency of the patrolling activities in the area and have been holding at least one patrol once a week in Idlib, the last stronghold of the rebels. The eleventh joint patrol was carried out on May 14.

The key M4 highway, located about 30 km away from the southern border of Turkey, links Aleppo to Latakia in Syria.

On March 5, Turkey and Russia sealed a deal to maintain a temporary cease-fire for “all military actions along the line of contact in the Idlib de-escalation area” and envisaged the establishment of a security corridor six km to the north and six km to the south of the M4 highway, after nearly 60 Turkish soldiers were killed in escalated tensions between the Syrian government and Turkish troops in the region.

Joint Turkish-Russian patrols began on March 15 along the M4 highway as part of the deal.

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Russian COVID-19 cases exceed 300,000

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Russia has confirmed 8,764 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, raising its total number of infections to 308,705, its coronavirus response center said in a statement Wednesday.

The single-day increase has fallen below 10,000 for five consecutive days, the center’s data showed.

The death toll grew by a daily record of 135 to 2,972, while 85,392 people have now recovered, including a record of 9,262 over the last 24 hours, said the statement.

Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, confirmed 2,699 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 152,306.

Russia’s consumer rights and human well-being watchdog said in a statement Wednesday that 273,953 people had been under medical observation as of Tuesday.

More than 7.5 million lab tests for COVID-19 have been conducted across the country so far, it added.

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Russia awaits U.S. ventilator aid as coronavirus cases near 300,000

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The United States said on Tuesday it would start delivering 200 medical ventilators this week to Russia, which has the world’s second highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases.

Russia reported 9,263 new infections on Tuesday, pushing its total to 299,941, and 115 more fatalities, taking the total death toll to 2,837. Only the U.S. has reported more cases.

It was the fourth successive day that the number of new cases was below 10,000. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said on Monday Russia had halted the growth in infections and there were other positive signs.

Mishustin, one of four government ministers to catch the coronavirus, has been discharged from a clinic and is working normally, Interfax news agency quoted his spokesman as saying.

But the mayor of Moscow, Russia’s worst hit-region now in its eighth week of lockdown, said it was still too soon to let people out for walks or exercise.

He said that the new infections would have to fall sharply before that happened.

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the shutdown had spared Moscow the worst-case scenario mapped out by authorities, but 18,000 patients were still in a bad way in hospitals and thousands of new cases were reported daily.

The U.S. embassy in Moscow said Russian President Vladimir Putin had requested assistance from the United States and President Donald Trump had offered to send 200 U.S.-made ventilators.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the U.S. would cover the costs.

A first batch of 50 ventilators should be ready for shipment on Wednesday, while the remaining 150 will be ready shortly after, the embassy said.

Russia sent a batch of its own ventilators to the U.S. in early April, but U.S. officials say they were not needed in the end.

The Russian ventilator in question, the Aventa-M, was reported to have caused fires in hospitals in Moscow and St Petersburg. Russia then suspended use of Aventa-M ventilators produced after April 1.

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WHO should not be used as puck to settle political accounts: Russian deputy FM

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The World Health Organization (WHO) should not be used as a puck to settle political accounts, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Tuesday.

“The WHO should not become a puck to be passed back and forth pursuing goals other than those of building most efficient international cooperation against the pandemic,” TASS news agency quoted Ryabkov as saying at a meeting with Russian lawmakers.

Ryabkov said that Russia is against politicizing everything related to the spread of the coronavirus and is in favor of finding ways that would allow us to advance toward a more effective solution to the problems associated with the pandemic, to consolidate the role of the WHO and to prevent its weakening.

Unfortunately, these areas are not among priorities for the United States and a number of its closest allies, he said.

Ryabkov said that Moscow does not see any reason not to trust “the information and the methods that were used and disseminated as WHO information from Chinese colleagues.”

U.S. President Donald Trump has sent a letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in which he threatened to stop financing it and reconsider U.S. membership unless WHO commits to “substantive improvements” within 30 days.

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Russian PM recovers from COVID-19, back to work

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Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, previously tested positive for COVID-19, has been discharged from hospital and resumed work, Sputnik reported on Tuesday, citing his spokesman Boris Belyakov.

Mishustin on Tuesday held an online meeting at his office in the government house and is preparing for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Belyakovz said.

On Monday, Mishustin chaired an online meeting of the government’s infection response coordination council in hospital.

Putin on Tuesday signed a decree restoring Mishustin’s power. The decree, published on the Kremlin website, became effective immediately.

After Mishustin said on April 30 that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and was hospitalized, Putin has ordered First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov to temporarily perform Mishustin’s duties.

On Thursday, Russian Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova said she has recovered from the virus and returned to work.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov remained hospitalized for COVID-19 infection, while Construction Minister Vladimir Yakushev is undergoing treatment at home.

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