COVID-19: Russia death toll crosses 5,000 as lockdown eases

WION Web Team
MoscowUpdated: Jun 02, 2020, 03:29 PM IST
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Mass gatherings including cinemas, cafes and restaurants continue to remain shut. 

The death toll in Russia due to coronavirus crossed 5,000 on Tuesday even as the country eased out of the lockdown and allowed several businesses to open.

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Russian health authorities reported 182 new fatalities in the last 24 taking the total death toll to 5,037. There were  8,863 new infections taking the total number of infection cases to 423,741 which is the third highest in the world after the United States and Brazil.

Despite a drop in the number of virus cases, the country continues to grapple with the epidemic, although Russian President Putin last week had announced Russia would be hosting a parade on June 24 at Moscow's Red Square to celebrate the country's victory over Nazi Germany in World War-II.

Moscow which was the epicenter of the virus eased the lockdown which was in place since March 30 allowing residents to go out but they were allowed to take walks within two kilometers of their homes.

However, mass gatherings including cinemas, cafes and restaurants continue to remain shut. 

On Monday, Putin, 67, had announced that Russia will vote on July 1 on constitutional reforms that could extend his rule beyond 2024 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"As the situation with the pandemic improves we of course are returning to normal life, including the need to think about further work on amendments to the constitution," Putin said in a video call.