Moscow, October 14
Russian authorities have reported a record 14,000 new coronavirus cases, the latest daily spike in infections.
Russia, which has the world’s fourth-largest confirmed coronavirus caseload of more than 1.3 million, has been reporting over 10,000 new cases for 11 straight days, The 14,231 new infections on Wednesday is the highest number since the beginning of the pandemic.
Most of the virus restrictions in the county have been lifted over the summer. Despite the rapid resurgence of the outbreak, Russian authorities have dismissed suggestions of a second national lockdown.
In Moscow, which has been reporting over 4,000 new cases every day since Saturday, officials recommended that the elderly to self-isolate at home and ordered employers to have 30 per cent of their staff work from home.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin also extended school holidays by one week.
On Wednesday, Sobyanin said school students from 6th to 11th grades will shift to online studies for two weeks beginning Monday.
Pupils in 1st to 5th grades will continue attending schools as usual.
“Older school students are more susceptible to the risk of contracting the coronavirus,” Sobyanin said. AP