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03 Oct 2020 | 03:14 PM UTC

Russia: Highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases reported on October 3 /update 46

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Authorities report highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases on October 3; follow official directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/2/2020, 11:00 PM until 10/9/2020, 11:00 PM (Europe/Moscow). COUNTRY/REGION Russia

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Event

On Saturday, October 3, the Russian Health Ministry announced the highest 24-hour increase in cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) since May 15, with a total of 9859 new cases being reported nationwide, in addition to 174 new COVID-19 associated deaths. The latest tally brings Russia's total number of confirmed cases to 1,198,663 with 21,153 associated fatalities. Social distancing and hygiene measures remain in place across the country. Commercial international and domestic flights have resumed operation at a limited capacity. Face masks remain mandatory in public spaces and on public transportation.

Further international 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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

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

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

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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