Mayor of Moscow: Two percent of the city’s population is infected with Covid-19

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In Moscow, infection with the new coronavirus has been detected in a total of two percent of the population – more than a quarter of a million people, the mayor of the Russian capital Sergei Sobyanin said on Saturday.

“According to various population screening tests, the actual number of people infected is about 2% of Moscow’s total population,” he wrote in his blog, adding that it was the lowest rate among the world’s cities affected by the pandemic.

To date, Russia has reported more than 114,000 cases of infection, including 57,300 cases in the capital, which is the epicenter of infection in Russia.

According to official statistics, 12.7 million people live in Moscow, but the real population is estimated to be larger.

According to the mayor, the strict regime of restrictions “has allowed Moscow to control the spread of the infection”. At the same time, he stressed that the peak of the disease has not yet been left behind.

“It is clear that the risks are still growing for the time being,” Sobyanin wrote, urging Muscovites to “treat their rules of self-isolation as responsibly as possible.”

According to him, in recent days Moscow has significantly increased testing opportunities.

According to official statistics, 1169 people died of Covid-19 in Russia by Saturday morning. Compared to countries such as Italy, Spain and the United States, this mortality rate is low.

Russia’s health ministry said on Friday that the number of children infected with the coronavirus was rising. The disease has claimed the lives of two children across the country and the condition of 11 more children is serious.

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