Russia reported 15,150 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, almost a thousand more infections than the previous high reported on October 14, according to the data from the country’s coronavirus response center.
The total number of cases reported in Russia as of Friday is 1,369,313.
Russia has seen a surge in infections in the past two weeks, with its highest one-day increase growing almost every day. Russian officials previously said the growing numbers could require additional action but added they believe they can avoid a repeat of the full lockdown that was imposed in the spring when the country was reporting on average around 10,000-11,000 new cases each day.
Capital’s cases rise: Of the new infections reported Friday, about 5,000 were identified in Moscow, which is the most affected city.
Late Thursday, city officials said that control over mask-wearing on public transportation has been increased. All facilities remain open, including bars and night clubs.
Vaccine race: Russia has registered two coronavirus vaccines for domestic use but they are so far not available for the general public.
Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said last week in an interview with state TV that residents need to “hold on for a couple of months” before the mass production of the vaccines begins. Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said Thursday the “wider supply” of vaccines is envisioned for late November or December of this year, according to state-run agency TASS.