New cases of novel coronavirus hit a record high of 2,558 in Russia on Sunday, officials said, bringing the nation’s total number of infections to 18,328.
Russia also said 148 people overall have died of the virus, including 18 on Sunday, Reuters reported.
On Saturday, the Kremlin said Moscows health-care system was beginning to feel the strain from the pandemic amid a huge influx of patients, despite a citywide lockdown.
The situation in both Moscow and St. Petersburg, but mostly in Moscow, is quite tense because the number of sick people is growing, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview on state television, Reuters reported, citing state news agencies. There is a huge influx of patients. We are seeing hospitals in Moscow working extremely intensely, in heroic, emergency mode.
An ambulance driver told Reuters that he waited 15 hours outside one hospital just outside Moscow to drop off a suspected coronavirus patient over the weekend, while another witness told the news service they saw dozens of ambulances lined up outside the facility.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the city was likely only in the outbreaks foothills and said residents movements would be tracked digitally.
Permits for travel, he said, will be available on request, adding that the city will monitor movement on public transportation, motorcycles, scooters, cars or taxis. He also said that residents should be ready to present the permits along with other identifying documents to police patrols in the city, according to Reuters.