Although Moscow has seen a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in recent days, the capital-based COVID-19 response centre says that the rapid growth in new cases of infection can be explained by a double-digit increase in coronavirus testing.
Amid a mounting number of confirmed coronavirus cases, Moscow authorities have decided to construct several temporary hospitals for coronavirus patients, including one on the territory of Moscow’s permanent trade fair VDNKh (Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy).
The VDNKh hospital will be capable of hosting up to 1,800 patients, while the others will support between 1,200 and 4,000. The hospitals will be built within 20 days and will be provided with oxygen supply equipment.
Russia has registered 10,102 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 155,370, according to the national coronavirus response centre.
Of all the new cases, 5,714 have been registered in Moscow, 822 in the Moscow Region, and 226 in St. Petersburg (compared to yesterday’s 5,795, 803 and 317, respectively).
The country’s COVID-19 death toll has increased by 95 (76 yesterday) to 1,451.