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Russia overtakes Italy and Britain after record rise in coronavirus cases

MOSCOW/ WASHINGTON, MAY 11 (AGENCIES/ IANS) | Publish Date: 5/11/2020 9:20:22 AM IST

Russia’s coronavirus cases overtook Italian and British infections on Monday to become the third highest in the world after a record daily rise hours before President Vladimir Putin was due to review the country’s lockdown regime.

The official tally surged to 221,344, meaning Russia now has more registered cases than Italy or Britain and only trails Spain and the United States, as the number of new cases of the novel coronavirus jumped by 11,656 in the past 24 hours. More than half of all cases and deaths are in Moscow, the epicentre of Russia’s outbreak. On Monday, it reported an overnight increase of 6,169 new cases, bringing its official total to 115,909. The country’s coronavirus response centre also reported 94 new deaths, taking the overall death toll to 2,009 people. The official death toll remains far lower than in many countries, something Kremlin critics have queried. Russian officials attribute the rising and large number of cases to a massive testing programme which they say has seen over 5.6 million tests conducted.

Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 280,000
The global death toll due to the novel coronavirus pandemic has surpassed the 280,000 mark, while the cases have surged to over 4.1 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Monday morning, the global death toll stood at 282,719, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) said in its latest update. The US had the highest number of deaths in the world at 79,528, while the UK accounted for the highest in Europe with 31,930 fatalities. The other countries with over 10,000 COVID-19 deaths were Italy (30,560), Spain (26,621), France (26,383) and Brazil (11,123), the CSSE data showed. Meanwhile, the total number of coronavirus cases in the world has increased to 4,102,849. The US still accounts for the highest number of cases in the world at 1,329,791. 

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