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16 Jul 2020 | 09:44 AM UTC

Russia: Over 750,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported as of July 16 /update 42

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Over 750,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported as of July 16; further spread of the virus expected in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/15/2020, 11:00 PM until 7/31/2020, 10:59 PM (Europe/Moscow). COUNTRY/REGION Moscow

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Event

On Thursday, July 16, Russian health authorities reported 6428 new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within the previous 24 hours, bringing the new total to 752,797 confirmed cases in the country, with 11,937 associated deaths. The country currently has the fourth-largest number of confirmed cases in the world.

Despite the high number of cases, authorities in Moscow have begun the gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions in the city in recent weeks. Self-isolation rules, requirements for travel permits, and all restrictions on exercise and outdoor activities have been lifted. Hairdressing salons, veterinary clinics, recruitment agencies, non-governmental organizations, and cemeteries are now permitted to reopen, as are film and recording studios and research centers. Theatres, concert halls, and circuses can reopen for rehearsals, but not for shows. Moscow residents will still have to abide by social distancing measures and wear face masks in public.

Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the virus.

 

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