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Friday, May 8, 2020

Russia Sees Record One-Day Coronavirus Cases as Putin’s Popularity Plunges

Russia reported on Thursday more than 11,000 new cases of the coronavirus, a new one-day record for new cases in the country as President Vladimir Putin's popularity has plunged to the lowest levels of his 20 years in power.
The country's coronavirus headquarters reported 11,231 new cases of COVID-19, including more than 6,700 new cases in Moscow. Thursday's increase brings the country's total to 177,160, with 1,625 deaths. Eighty-eight people died on Thursday.

The number of new daily cases has been increasing by more than 10,000 per day since Sunday. New cases were reported in 84 regions across Russia and almost half, 48.7%, of new cases displayed no symptoms, the headquarters announced
Meanwhile, the Levada-Center showed Putin's approval rating slipping to 59% in April from 63% in March, the lowest he has registered with the independent center since taking office in 1999. The Kremlin dismissed the results of the survey, with spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying he was "not inclined to trust Levada's polls" and suggesting that others offer more favorable results for Putin.
Russia has conducted more than 4.8 million COVID-19 tests since the outbreak first appeared in the country, including more than 169,400 tests over the last 24 hours.
Also over the last 24-hour period, 2,476 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of people who have recovered from the virus up to 23,803. 
Moscow has become ground zero for the pandemic in Russia, with a total of 92,676 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
The Russian government issued a nationwide lockdown and restrictions are in place until May 12, but may be extended in some regions of the country.
Across the globe there are more than 3.77 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 264,180 people have died.

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