MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow’s COVID-19 response centre on Saturday explained the rapid increase in new cases of infection by the growing number of reference centers verifying positive coronavirus results in the Russian capital.
According to the crisis centre, Moscow has doubled the rate of coronavirus testing. Daily, the city conducts over 40,000 tests. In addition, the number of reference centres has increased.
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Last week, the city began conducting rapid tests for coronavirus antibodies, which has also contributed to the increase in cases.
Despite the increase in new cases, the number of hospitalisations with the coronavirus in the Russian capital remains stable — about 1,700 per day. Some 3,500-4,000 people are sent for CT scans daily, according to the centre.
These figures indicate that “unprecedented” efforts to detect the disease in people at an early stage and avert complications do bear fruit, it stated.
Earlier in the day, Russia updated its coronavirus tally by a record of 9,623 cases to 124,054. Of all the new cases, 5,358 have been registered in Moscow, which is a significant increase from yesterday’s 3,561 cases.