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Russia’s coronavirus rises to another 1,000 for third straight day

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Russia’s reported caseload of the new coronavirus on Wednesday increased by 1,175, the third consecutive day of a reported rise of about 1,000 cases.

Russia has reported a total of more than 8,600 cases, two-thirds of which have been in the largest city and capital, Moscow.

According to the statement by a federal authority monitoring the outbreak, another 180,000 people are under medical observation on suspicion that they could have contracted the virus.

Most Russian regions have followed Moscow’s lead in imposing lockdown quarantine measures, with residents advised to leave their homes only when absolutely necessary.

According to a senior health official, Russia expects its caseload to peak within two weeks.

The Head of Russia’s Federal Medical

Biological Agency, Veronika Skvortsova, said a plateau concerning the infection would be reached in 10 to 14 days.

She said a Russian vaccine for the virus could be ready by the end of 2020.

“We hope to reach a pre-clinical phase by mid-June. The first phase of clinical trials can be expected by the year-end,“she said.

According to Federal Statistics, about 900,000 tests for the new coronavirus have so far been conducted in the country.

The his spokesman to Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had been working remotely, after a doctor with whom Putin had recently shook hands with tested positive for the virus.

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Russian COVID-19 cases exceed 370,000

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Russia has confirmed 8,338 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, raising its total number of infections to 370,680, its coronavirus response center said in a statement Wednesday.

The death toll increased by 161 to 3,968, while 142,208 people have recovered, including 11,079 over the last 24 hours, according to the statement.

Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, confirmed 2,140 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking its total to 171,443.

Russia’s consumer rights and human well-being watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement Wednesday that 296,154 people were under medical observation as of Tuesday.

More than 9.4 million lab tests for COVID-19 have been conducted across the country so far, it added.

Experts believe that the peak of the pandemic is over in Russia, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday during an online meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Putin announced that the postponed military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory against the Nazis in World War II will be held on June 24.

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Russia not to be hysterical about U.S. exit from Open Skies treaty: FM

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Russia will not be hysterical about the U.S.’ withdrawal from the Treaty on Open Skies and will carefully consider further steps, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

“We will take an extremely balanced approach to analyzing this situation, relying primarily on our national interests and the interests of our allies,” Lavrov said at a news conference following an online meeting of the foreign ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization members.

According to Lavrov, there will be a conference in October to review the implementation of the treaty.

Last week, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that Moscow is open to dialogue with Washington on the treaty, but only if it is based on equal rights and aimed at mutual consideration of interests and concerns.

The treaty, which became effective in 2002, allows members to conduct unarmed reconnaissance flights over each other’s territories to collect data on military activities.

Currently, 35 countries, including Russia, the United States, and some other members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, are members. Kyrgyzstan has signed the treaty, though it has not ratified it yet.

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Putin says Russia to hold postponed Victory Day parade on June 24

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the country’s military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory against the Nazis in World War II will be held on June 24.

Putin postponed the Victory Day parade last month from its traditional date of May 9, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We will do this on June 24, the day when the legendary, historic parade of winners took place, when fighters who fought near Moscow and defended Leningrad, who fought near Stalingrad, liberated Europe and stormed Berlin, walked along Red Square,” Putin said during an online meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Putin also announced that the Immortal Regiment march, a tradition in which millions of people across Russia parade with portraits of their relatives who fought in World War II, will take place on July 26.

As Russia usually celebrates Navy Day on the last Sunday of July, Putin ordered to hold a traditional Navy parade at the country’s main naval bases on July 26 as well.

A traditional Navy parade coinciding with the country’s Navy Day will also be held at the country’s main naval bases on July 26, Putin said.

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Russian sailors freed from pirate captivity in Benin waters

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Three Russian sailors captured by pirates on April 19 in the territorial waters of Benin have been released, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Tuesday.

The three crew members of the Portugal-flagged container ship Tommi Ritscher were released on Saturday, when they took a charter flight from Lagos to Frankfurt in order to continue their journey back to Russia, Zakharova said in a statement.

The sailors remain in good health, she said, adding that Moscow thanks everyone who has contributed to the rescue of the Russians from captivity.

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Over 170 Mongolian nationals return home from Russia amid COVID-19

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A total of 171 Mongolian nationals returned home from Russia on a chartered flight on Tuesday, according to Mongolia’s State Emergency Commission.

The people will be isolated at designated facilities for 21 days, the commission said in a statement.

As of Tuesday, a total of 1,248 people are under treatment or in isolation at designated facilities across the country, it said.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the country has evacuated around 10,000 nationals on chartered flights, buses or trains from COVID-19-hit countries, according to the commission.

“Our country will evacuate more than 590 nationals from Russia on trains via Altanbulag border point in the coming days,” Lkhanaajav Munkhtushig, director general of the consular department at the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a press conference.

So far, Mongolia has confirmed 141 COVID-19 imported cases, including four foreign nationals.

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Russian COVID-19 cases grow to 362,342

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Russia has confirmed 8,915 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, raising its total number of infections to 362,342, its coronavirus response center said in a statement Tuesday.

The death toll increased by 174 to 3,807, while 131,129 people have recovered, including a record of 12,331 over the last 24 hours, according to the statement.

Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, confirmed 2,830 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking its total to 169,303.

Russia’s consumer rights and human well-being watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement Tuesday that 292,083 people were under medical observation as of Monday.

More than 9.1 million lab tests for COVID-19 have been conducted across the country so far, it added.

On Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was discharged from the hospital where he was treated for the COVID-19 infection.

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova, Science and Higher Education Minister Valery Falkov and Construction Minister Vladimir Yakushev have already recovered from the novel coronavirus.

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Russia confirms crew died in military helicopter hard landing in Far East

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The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that a military Mi-8 helicopter made a hard landing in Ugolnye Kopi airfield in Russia’s Far East on Tuesday, and the crew died in the crash, local media Sputnik reported.

The Russian Aerospace Forces helicopter was performing a training flight in Chukotka autonomous district before it made the landing, said the ministry.

Earlier, Sputnik cited a source to say that four people are believed to have died in the landing.

Preliminary information showed that a technical malfunction of the helicopter could be the cause of the crash, and a commission of the Aerospace Forces chief command has departed for the crash site, the defense ministry said.

On May 19, a military Mi-8 helicopter of the Russian Aerospace Forces crashed near the city of Klin in Moscow Region, and its crew died of injuries. The defense ministry said then that a technical malfunction possibly caused the disaster.

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5.2-magnitude quake hits Russia’s Kuril Islands — USGS

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 jolted Russia’s far eastern Kuril Islands at 0518 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 46.5273 degrees north latitude and 153.5021 degrees east longitude.

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Urgent: Military helicopter makes hard landing in Russia’s anadyr with casualties — media

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A Mi-8 military helicopter made an emergency landing at Anadyr airport in Russia’s Far East with casualties, Russian media outlet Sputnik cited local authority to report on Tuesday.

Earlier, Sputnik cited a source to say that four people are believed to have died in the landing.

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