Russia confirmed 11,656 new coronavirus infections Monday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 221,344.
These bringing the country’s total to more than 221,000, the third most on the globe. Ninety-four people died over the past 24 hours, bringing the total toll to 2,009.
The headquarters reports that new cases were confirmed in 84 regions and include 5,417 diagnoses in people showing no symptoms of the virus. Moscow, the epicenter of the pandemic in Russia, reported 4,032 cases on Monday, the most in the country. Russia also reported that 94 people died, including 56 in Moscow, bringing the death toll to 2,009.
Spain has more than 224,350 COVID-19 cases and the U.S. has more than 1.32 million cases, health officials report.
The number of infections in Russia has been rising by more than 10,000 a day since Sunday, in contrast to countries in western Europe that are taking steps to ease lockdown measures.
Officials attribute the increase to mass testing and detecting asymptomatic cases not always counted in other countries.
The country’s reported mortality rate remains much lower than in many countries. Officials credit a widespread testing and tracking effort, though critics have cast doubt on the numbers, as Russia uses a different classification method to count the diseased.
Despite the growing numbers, Melita Vujnovich, a spokeswoman for the World Health Organization in Russia, said that Russia has reached a plateau.”Cases of infection continue to be observed, but their growth has stabilized,” Vujnović said. “We hope that what we have been seeing for the past few days is a plateau.”