MOSCOW: Russia said Thursday that its death toll from the coronavirus has risen above 4,000 as the daily toll equalled a record set earlier this week.
The authorities said 4,142 people have now died in Russia from the virus, with 174 new deaths over the last 24 hours.
The number of new deaths equalled Russia’s highest daily death toll recorded Tuesday.
Officials have predicted a higher death toll for May than April, attributing this to the deaths of hospital patients who were admitted during the peak of the epidemic several weeks ago.
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hailed a trend toward stabilization in the country’s virus situation and Thursday’s number of new cases was below 9,000 for the fifth day running at 8,371.
In Moscow, the worst affected city, there were 2,054 new cases, the lowest number since April 23.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Wednesday announced new steps toward lifting lockdown from June 1 including reopening non-food shops and allowing people to go on walks with masks on.
Russia has the world’s third largest number of confirmed cases at 379,051, behind the United States and Brazil.