Russia has confirmed 674,515 cases of coronavirus and 6,632 deaths. July 4: 3 things you need to know today
Federal transport authorities have found more than 500 violations of anti-coronavirus measures at Russian airports in June, the Kommersant business daily reported.
Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has extended Russia’s ban on international flights until Aug. 1 due to the coronavirus, the RBC news website reported and a source at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport confirmed to The Moscow Times.
Russia confirmed 6,632 new coronavirus infections Saturday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 674,515.
— A Moscow election official infected with the coronavirus administered votes during Russia’s weeklong plebiscite on constitutional changes, the Dozhd television channel reported.
— All beaches in Moscow will be closed due to the coronavirus, Russia’s consumer protection watchdog said. Locals had flocked to beaches along the Moscow River with the arrival of warmer weather.
— The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg will re-open to visitors on July 15.
— Russians shouldn’t expect a return to their normal pre-coronavirus lives before February 2021, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said.
— Russia confirmed 6,718 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 667,883.
— Russia confirmed 6,760 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 661,165.
— Former Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev has recovered from the coronavirus two weeks after testing positive, his spokesman said.
— Russia confirmed 6,556 new coronavirus infections Wednesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 654,405.
— Russia is not among the 15 countries whose citizens can enter the European Union when it re-opens its borders Wednesday due to Russia’s coronavirus response. Russia could be added later to the EU’s list of «safe countries,» which the bloc will update every two weeks based on the safety situation in each state.
— Russia held a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms despite the coronavirus. The amendments, which were overwhelmingly approved, would allow President Vladimir Putin to extend his rule until 2036 by resetting his term limits.
— Russia confirmed 6,693 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 647,849.
— Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov has recovered from the coronavirus, he wrote on his Instagram on Tuesday. He said he had contracted the virus three months ago while being treated for leukemia in Berlin.
— The republic of Chechnya has canceled its two-week quarantine requirement for individuals entering the region, its head Ramzan Kadyrov said at a meeting as quoted by Interfax. People entering the region will still be required to present negative coronavirus test results or to take a test at the border.
— Russia confirmed 6,719 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 641,156.
— Russia’s coronavirus lockdown measures, combined with residents’ compliance with these restrictions, have helped prevent about 80,000 deaths from the virus, a study by Moscow’s Higher School of Economics said.
— Russia’s movie theaters will reopen on July 15, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko said at a meeting with Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. The country’s cinemas had closed in late March due to the coronavirus.
— A second wave of coronavirus could hit major cities in European Russia as soon as two weeks from now, Mikhail Shchelkanov, who heads the Far Eastern Federal University’s school of biomedicine, told Ura.ru. The virus could also hit Russia’s Far Eastern port city of Vladivostok through Chinese citizens returning home from other countries.
— Vladimir Lenin’s tomb on Red Square will reopen to the public on July 1, the Federal Security Service said.
— Russia confirmed 6,791 new coronavirus infections Sunday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 634,437.
— President Vladimir Putin gets tested for the coronavirus «every three to four days,» he told the state Rossia 1 broadcaster in an interview that aired Sunday. All of the tests have come back negative, he added.
— Russia confirmed 6,852 new coronavirus infections Saturday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 627,646.
— Russia confirmed 6,800 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 620,794.
— About 20% of Moscow residents have coronavirus immunity, deputy mayor Anastasia Rakova said, citing a new study.
— Moscow isn’t ready to fully re-open its tourism sector, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said.
— Russia will ease its ban on foreigners imposed due to the coronavirus to allow foreign specialists to enter the country, a government decree says. Specialists who meet the government’s requirements will be allowed a single entry into the country.
— Russia confirmed 7,113 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 613,994.
— Russia confirmed 7,176 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 606,881.
— Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot has been secretly flying passengers abroad for nearly a month despite state-mandated grounded flights due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Vedomosti business daily reported.
— Russia held its landmark Victory Day parade on Red Square after it was postponed from May 9 due to the coronavirus. Despite the pandemic, thousands of military personnel took part in the parade, which marks the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over the Nazis in World War II.
— Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Zheenbekov pulled out of attending the Victory Day parade in person after two members of his delegation tested positive for Covid-19 upon arriving in Moscow.
— The European Union is considering barring Russian travelers from entering when it reopens its borders next week, The New York Times reported.
— Russia confirmed 7,425 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 599,075.
— Starting Tuesday, Moscow’s indoor dining, fitness clubs, swimming pools and public sports and recreation facilities will reopen after being closed for months due to the coronavirus.
— Russia’s state statistics agency published higher coronavirus death figures for April than previously reported because it receives more complete data than the national coronavirus crisis center, its chief has said.
— More than one-quarter of Russians know at least one person among their friends, family or aquaintances who has contracted the coronavirus, the RBC news website reported, citing research from Moscow’s Higher School of Economics.
— The Buddhist leader, or Supreme Lama, of the republic of Tyva, a remote region of Russia in southern Siberia, has died of coronavirus, the head of the region said.
— Russia confirmed 7,600 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 592,280.
— Most Russian regions will be able to start accepting tourists from other parts of the country starting July 1, Rostourism spokesperson Zarina Doguzova said.
— St. Petersburg has surpassed Moscow as having the country’s highest coronavirus mortality for the first time since the pandemic began. Twenty-nine people have died from coronavirus in St. Petersburg over the past 24 hours compared to 20 people in Moscow.
— Moscow has enacted a citywide quarantine from Monday, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said as the city’s number of coronavirus cases surpassed 1,000 over the weekend. Moscow residents will only be allowed to leave their homes to seek emergency medical care, shop for food or medicine, go to work, walk pets or take out the garbage.
— Russia’s second-largest city St. Petersburg announced stay-at-home orders for their residents following Moscow’s quarantine.
— Moscow’s self-isolation order will be active through April 14, the city’s coronavirus crisis center said. It later deleted the statement from its Telegram channel.
— In televised comments on state television, President Vladimir Putin said decisive measures by Russia had helped win it time in its battle to contain the coronavirus and to prevent an explosive growth in cases, but that it was vital authorities now used that time effectively.
— Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin asked Russia’s regional governors to consider imposing the same restrictions on movement to halt the spread of the coronavirus that have been imposed in Moscow, the state-run RIA news agency reported.
— The makeshift memorial to opposition politician Boris Nemtsov at the site near the Kremlin where he was gunned down in 2015 has been abandoned for the first time since his death due to Moscow’s stay-at-home order, the activists who had maintained a 24/7 watch at the memorial said.
— Several regions of Russia have enacted region-wide stay-at-home orders for residents, following suit with Moscow’s quarantine: