COVID-19 in Russia, October

Russia // 18 October, 2020

At least 1,399,334 cases and 24,187 deaths.

See the Ministry of Health dedicated COVID-19 website for the latest updates and case distribution across Russia. The national COVID-19 Hotline is: 8 800 2000 112.

Status: Outbreak

18 October: Cases in Russia continue to surge, with an average of over 15,000 daily cases confirmed for the last three days. Moscow remains the current epicentre, accounting for around one-third of the recent cases. More than 300,000 cases are active, with around 90% hospital bed occupancy reported by media.

14 October: Russia has seen a new daily record, with 13,868 cases and 244 deaths reported in the previous 24 hours. Of the 1,340,409 total cases, 344,000 are in Moscow. Hospital bed capacity is reported to be around 90%. With surging cases in Moscow, people in the capital are being urged to work from home and many schools are delivering online learning.

A second experimental COVID-19 vaccine is reported to have been approved before wider Phase 3 efficacy trials. This vaccine has been developed at the Vector State Virology and Biotechnology Center in Siberia. The Ministry of Health has approved two versions of the antiviral remdesivir for treating COVID-19.

The Government has announced flights to Cuba, Japan and Serbia will resume. Flights to Belarus, Maldives, Switzerland and UAE will also increase in frequency.

9 October: The country has reported over 11,000 new cases each day for the last three days. Around one-third of these cases are in Moscow and increasing cases are reported across 60 regions. To date there are 1,260,112 cases confirmed, including 22.056 deaths. More than 235,000 people are currently being treated, the highest number since late June.

6 October: Cases continue to surge, with over 10,000 new cases a day for the last two days. These are the highest figures since mid-May. Moscow is a current hotspot for transmission.

A total of 1,225,889 cases and 21,475 deaths are reported by the COVID-19 taskforce. However the State statistics agency, Rosstat, is reporting (data in Russian) that 45,663 deaths between April and August where people died directly from COVID-19 infection or infection contributed to complications which resulted in death.

State media reports the Health Minister has announced that the Russian COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, will be available to the public from late October or early November.

1 October: Cases continue to surge. In September there were 180,967 cases registered, which is a 16.5% increase on August (155,338 cases) although lower than in July (192,132 cases). There are 1,176,286 cases and 20,722 deaths reported to date.

A total of 292,601 cases have been confirmed in Moscow. State media report that people have begun receiving their second dose of the SPUTNIK-V vaccine in Moscow, 21 days after the first. Over 5,700 are reported to have already received the first dose of the vaccine.

See the September news updates here.

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