13 Jan 2022 12:10

Russia sees surge in Covid-19 cases to 21,155 in past 24 hours - HQ

MOSCOW. Jan 13 (Interfax) - Russia has registered 21,155 new cases of Covid-19 and 740 deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Thursday.

"Over the past day, 21,155 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 85 regions of Russia, including 2,975 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (14.0%)," the headquarters said.

The morbidity grew 17.88% day-on-day, from 17,946 new cases reported on Wednesday. This is quite a spike, considering 15,000 to 17,000 infections reported during the New Year holidays and a few days after the holiday season.

Moscow has seen a surge in infections, from 4,000 on Wednesday to 5,490 on Thursday. Meanwhile, there has been an uptick in Covid-19 cases in St. Petersburg, which saw 1,659 infections on Wednesday and 1,839 on Thursday, and the Moscow region (1,556 on Thursday vs. 1,238 on Wednesday).

In the past 24 hours, 740 patients died from Covid-19 across Russia (there were 745 deaths on Wednesday). Most deaths were reported from Moscow (71), St. Petersburg (58), and the Moscow region (39).

Since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic in Russia, it has registered a total of 10,723,305 cases of Covid-19, including 319,172 deaths and 9,784,348 recoveries, including 25,984 persons discharged from hospital over the past day, 2,857 of them in Moscow.

The Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) said on Thursday that Russia has performed more than 244.9 million Covid-19 diagnostic tests to date, including 525,000 over the past day. As many as 81,284 people remain under medical observation.