Russia & Coronavirus: Business Updates
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Last updated May 26.
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Current Russia Coronavirus Updates
- There have been 362,342 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 3,807 deaths. Media reports suggest the rate of infections is now slowing, although Russian President Putin has warned of a potential resurgence in the Autumn.
- Russia’s Coronavirus infection and death rates are starting to flatten out but still remain serious. There have been 335,882 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia as at May 25 and 3,388 deaths.
- There are now 252,245 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia, and 2,305 deaths. We are hearing unofficial comments from reputable sources within Russia that the continuing outbreak in the country is expected to last until the Autumn.
- Russia confirmed 10,899 new coronavirus infections on May 12th, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 232,243. Russia is now the third most-affected country in terms of infections and has the world’s second-fastest rate of new infections behind the United States.
- Despite reporting more than 10,000 new cases a day for over a week, President Vladimir Putin on Monday announced that a “non-working” period in place for six weeks would be lifted from Tuesday. A lockdown in Moscow, the epicenter of the crisis in Russia, remains in place until the end of May, however some restrictions are being lifted.
- Some 500,000 employees of companies involved in industry and construction are now permitted to return to work, though authorities have now made it mandatory to wear masks and gloves in shops and on public transport.
- There is some good news: Russia’s reported mortality rate is much lower compared to other European countries hit hard by the pandemic, with 107 new deaths and 2,116 dead from the coronavirus as of Tuesday. Authorities say this is because Russia moved quickly to close its borders and isolate those at risk, convert hospitals to treating virus patients and launch a vast campaign to test and quarantine those infected.
- Russia confirmed 11,231 new coronavirus infections Thursday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 177,160 and marking a new one-day record rise in infections. Russia is now the fifth most-affected country in terms of infections, surpassing Germany and France on Thursday.
- Russian Covid-19 cases surged by 10,559 over the past 24 hours, bringing the national count to 165,929, the country’s coronavirus crisis response centre has announced.
- It is the fourth consecutive day that cases have risen by more than 10,000. The crisis response centre also reported 86 new coronavirus deaths, meaning the death toll in Russia has reached 1,537.
- Coronavirus cases in Russia continue to rise, with 99,399 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 972 deaths. Just over 50% of all cases are in Moscow. The country has ‘indefinately’ extended a ban on foreign nationals entering Russia.
- There have been 93,558 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 867 deaths. President Vladimir Putin has extended the national “non-working” month through until May 11, warning that Russia has yet to see the peak of its coronavirus outbreak.
- There have been 87,147 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 794 deaths. Russia has now surpassed China to become the world’s ninth most-affected country amid the pandemic. Meanwhile, the head of Russia’s consumer health watchdog has stated that self-isolation should be in force until at least the middle of May.
- There are now 62,773 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia, and 555 deaths. 21 Russian regions have requested permission to produce digital travel passes a week after coronavirus-hit Moscow enacted its system to enforce lockdown measures and slow the deadly outbreak, the Communications and Press Ministry has stated. These are issued to individuals who show no signs of infection and who have been verified as virus free after passing the appropriate medical tests.
- There are now 62,773 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia, and 555 deaths.
- There have been 52,763 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far. This updated map from the Moscow Times illustrates the spread.
- Moscow is in complete lockdown, citizens must obtain a digital ID pass to be seen on the streets.
- There have been 47,121 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia as at April 20th, and 405 deaths. Aeroflot, the Russian airline, has suspended all international flight ticket bookings until August 1st, while the May 9th annual parade to celebrate the WWII victory of Nazism – to which US President Donald Trump had been invited – has been cancelled.
- Over 2 million Russians have now been screened for the virus.
- There have been 24,490 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 198 deaths.
- Russia now has 18,328 cases of Covid-19 and 148 deaths. Additional lock down measures are in place until April 19 with all nonessential business and activity suspended. Grocery stores and pharmacies will stay open, and only the government, hospitals, protective gear manufacturers and the defense sector will continue to work. All construction and maintenance work is suspended, as are car-sharing services. Moscow will introduce a digital pass system to allow residents to leave their homes this week. Traffic police have also been deployed at all city entry points to control movement and check all drivers reasons for entering the Russian capital during the lock down.
- There are now 10,131 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia to date and 76 deaths. Russia is expected to reach the peak of its coronavirus outbreak in 10-14 days. Veronika Skvortsova, the head of the Federal Biomedical Agency has predicted that the country’s number of infections will start to fall in early to mid-June.
- There have been 7,497 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 58 deaths. The country confirmed 1,154 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases up to 7,497 and marking a new record one-day increase in infections. President Vladimir Putin has announced an extension of the nationwide “non-working week” until April 30 after the country registered a sharp increase in coronavirus cases on Thursday. Speaking in a televised address, he added that he would delegate the decisionmaking power on anti-coronavirus measures to regional authorities given the regional differences in infection rates.
- Russia has 771 new coronavirus infections on Thursday morning, bringing the country’s official number of cases up to 3,548 and marking a record one-day increase in infections. Thirty people in Russia have been killed by the virus.
- Cases have risen to 2,777, with 24 fatalities. Moscow authorities have developed a QR code system to allow residents to leave their homes as well as a smartphone app to monitor coronavirus patients’ movement in self-isolation, says the city’s IT chief.
- There have been 2,337 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 17 deaths.
- Cases in Russia have now risen to 1,836.
- Cases in Russia have risen to 1,534, with over 1,000 of these in Moscow. The capital is now in lockdown and the entire country has now closed all borders. Other cities are also considering a complete lockdown for residents, including Murmansk. The Russian Church has also advised worshippers to stay at home.
- Russia has confirmed 196 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday, bringing the country’s official number of cases up to 1,036. The total number of deaths has risen to four.
- Sberbank and VTB with backing from the Central Bank will launch a pilot business loan program that offers six-month, 0% interest loans to businesses to help them pay employee salaries during the coronavirus crisis.
- Cases in Russia have risen to 840. The country has now suspended all international flights and ordered the closure of all shops except for food and medical supplies.
- The number of cases in Russia has nearly tripled overnight to Wednesday 25th with a huge increase to 658. This is because Moscow changed the way it counts its coronavirus cases, with patients considered coronavirus-positive now upon a single positive test rather than having samples sent to a lab in Novosibirsk for further verification.
- Russia cases have risen to 495. The majority of these have occurred from Russians flying in from Europe. The country has now suspended flights incoming from most EU nations.
- Russia confirmed 71 new coronavirus infections today (Monday), bringing the country’s official number of cases up to 438.
- Russian cases leap to 367 by Sunday.
- Cases in Russia now rise to 199. The Russian government has announced a “high alert” status for all 85 of its regions, requiring the entire country to take anti-coronavirus measures including banning large gatherings, moving schools to online classes and encouraging working from home.
- First Covid-19 death reported, an elderly lady in Moscow with serious underlying existing illnesses.
A map of the current situation in Russia can be seen below, courtesy of the Moscow Times.
- The number of infections in Russia has seen a sizable increase to 147. Of these, 98 are in Moscow, 10 in St.Petersburg and the remainder single cases across the country.
- Cases rise in 114.
- Covid-19 cases rise to 93. Foreign nationals are barred from entering Russia until 1st May excepting diplomats and special cases – please check on latest restrictions before planning any travel. All major sporting events have been cancelled.
- Russia has now closed all its borders excepting those with Azerbaijan and Finland.
- Russia has closed its border with Belarus.
- 63 cases now confirmed with additional incidents in Kemorovo.
Russian Railways announced it would stop international passenger trains from Moscow to Berlin and Paris, in addition to suspending train connections to and from Ukraine, Moldova and Latvia.
- Russian cases rise to 59, closes its borders with Poland and Norway.
- Russian cases reported now up to 34. There are 18 cases in Moscow, with others in St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Belgorod, Lipetsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Tyumen, Krasnodar and Chita
- About 100 Chinese students in Moscow will be deported from Russia because they violated their self-quarantine orders.
- Russia infections rise to 28, all had recently visited Italy.Russia will suspend most flights to and from Italy, Germany, France and Spain over the coronavirus outbreak, commencing from Friday 13th March, Russia’s coronavirus crisis center has said. Russia will also stop issuing tourist visas to Italian citizens to prevent further spreading of the virus until further notice.
- 1,000 people placed under quarantine after tracking movements of a returning, infected Russian from Italy. Moscow to build and have ready a US$135 million Covid-19 specific hospital on edge of Moscow.
- Moscow has banned large events of more than 5,000 people for the next month, until April 10th in a move to prevent the spread of the virus, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in a decree. The ban applies to “sports, entertainment, public and other mass events.”
- 20 cases confirmed, latest all Russian citizens who recently returned from Italy. Moscow plans for city shut down “if required”, St. Petersburg students quarantined in dormitories.
- The annual St.Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) due to be held in June has been postponed until 2021 as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, the organisers Roscongress have confirmed.
- The Moscow City Mayor has issued a “High Alert” and stated that individuals, and employers employing individuals who have entered Russia from China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Germany & Spain must inform the authorities of their whereabouts and self quarantine for 14 days. It is understood that the UK, Switzerland, Norway and United States are about to be included on this list. Russian airlines who have sold tickets on these routes will offer full refunds for any cancellations.
The Moscow hotline for assistance with cases of suspected Covid-19 is +7 495 870 4509.
- An imported Coronvirus case has been reported, a returning Russian national in Moscow who had visited Italy.
- An interesting article about Facemask production and distribution in St.Petersburg from Fontanka here.
- Second Chinese patient recovers and is discharged from hospital in Chita. No additional cases reported.
- Seoul reports that the North Korean city of Sinuiju, close to the border with China has multiple deaths, and that infections in North Korea could escalate. The North Korean border with Russia has been closed.
- China Factory re-opening schedule, map of national dates here. Russian businesses needing updates or assistance on the situation in China may email us at email@example.com
Many businesses in Asia are running out of supplies from China due to the problems. Russian businesses with Chinese suppliers need to know when China factories will return to work. Some factories return next Monday, 9th February, others are still in lock down. If you need clarifications on the factory opening situation in China, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will liaise with our China colleagues to obtain answers.
Sourcing and supply manufacturers in China may not be able to meet delivery schedules to Russia. This could mean Force Majeure clauses need to be implemented. Our article Coronavirus In China: Applicability Of Force Majeure provides advise and protocols to follow.
- Russia working with China to develop vaccine, screening of passengers stepped up at airports.
- Sochi Investment Forum, due to be held in March, has been postponed.
- Country to deport all foreign nationals found with Coronavirus.
- Russia closes complete border with China, suspends all rail services except direct Moscow-Beijing Trans-Siberian route.
- Two patients are coronavirus positive in the Baikal and Tyumen regions.
- Russia has barred Chinese tour groups from entering the country.
- Far East Russia, Mongolia, and North Korea have closed their borders with China.
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