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Russia reports second day of over 10,000 new cases

Russian authorities have confirmed 10,581 new coronavirus infections, bringing the national total to 145,268. 

It’s the second day running that the country has reported over 10,000 new cases. Russia’s official infection figures now surpass those of China, Turkey and Iran.

Last week it was also confirmed that Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

President Putin has extended a nationwide non-working period until 11 May, and a lockdown remains in place in the capital Moscow.

Officials are urging the public to stay at home, and not be tempted to flout the lockdown measures during Russia’s May public holidays.

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