MOSCOW: Russia confirmed on Monday a slightly lower number of coronavirus cases, while deaths increased.
According to the Russian emergency team, over the last 24 hours, 10,581 people tested positive for Covid-19 compared to 10,633, on the previous day.
Meanwhile, 76 more fatalities were registered, a rise of 58 from the previous day.
The overall number of infections rose to 145,268, deaths to 1,356, while the number of recoveries reached 18,095.
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More than 4.3 million tests have been carried out in the country so far in an effort to detect Covid-19 infections at an early stage.
In order to prevent Covid-19 from spreading, Russia closed its borders for foreigners and stateless people and suspended international air and railway traffic.
Several cities, including capital Moscow and the second-largest city Saint-Petersburg, were put under lockdown.
People can move inside the cities only with a special digital pass issued by authorities.
According to Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, restrictive measures will continue until there is a vaccine against coronavirus, which is expected to appear in fall at the earliest.
Three top Russian officials were hospitalised this week with the virus, including Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.
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After originating in China last December, Covid-19 has spread to at least 187 countries and regions. Europe and the US are currently the worst-hit regions.
The pandemic has killed more than 247,000 worldwide, with total infections over 3.5 million, while more than 1.1 million people recovered from Covid-19, according to figures compiled by the US-based Johns Hopkins University.