Putin says peak of crisis in Russia is ahead

Putin says peak of crisis in Russia is ahead

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President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia had managed to curb the coronavirus crisis but the peak of the outbreak still lay ahead.

The number of Russian confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 47,000 on Monday with a death toll of 405. Russia's new coronavirus infections have risen quickly in April even as Moscow and an array of Russian regions have imposed lockdown restrictions now already three weeks old.

But despite the clampdown, infections have spread from Russia's worst-hit area in Moscow and penetrated all of its more than 80 regions, Putin said at a televised meeting with officials and health experts on Monday.

Private testing results among people without symptoms suggest the coronavirus has infiltrated more deeply into the capital's population, official data show. Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova warned that the regions were on average two to three weeks behind Moscow's infection growth rate.

At the meeting, Alexander Gorelov, deputy director of a research institute at consumer health safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, identified 285 infection hotspots nationwide and said that 64% of them were hospitals.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin, Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, Maria Tsvetkova and Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Mark Heinrich)