The number of coronavirus cases reported in Russia has surpass those in China, having reached a total of 87,147 infections nationwide.
According to state news agency Tass, Russia confirmed an additional 6,198 cases over the past 24 hours. Another 50 people died in Russia over the past day, bringing the death toll to 794.
Russia’s anti-coronavirus crisis center announced the new figures on Monday, noting that 43.4 percent of newly identified patients were asymptomatic. The crisis center also said that the daily growth in cases in Russia has slowed to 7.66 percent.
Russia now has the ninth highest number of confirmed cases in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. China—where the virus originated—sits in tenth with 83,912 confirmed cases and 4,637 deaths, though the international media and other nations have cast doubt on the relatively low figures.
The number of confirmed cases has quickly risen in the country, effectively doubling in the space of eight days. Back on April 19, the country had confirmed 42,000 infections, according to Worldometer.
The jump in infections has occurred despite Russia implementing tough lockdown measures throughout the majority of the country at the end of March.
Peskov said the government “needs to help citizens” and will “fully control how the decisions are implemented and where there can be some mishaps and failures in the work of mechanisms, where assistance does not reach people.”