Russia’s coronavirus reproduction rate rises to 1.03 — TASS analysis

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MOSCOW, June 7. /TASS/. The coronavirus reproduction rate in Russia rose from 0.99 to 1.03 on Monday, according to a TASS analysis based on data from the national anti-coronavirus crisis center.

The coronavirus reproduction rate stands above 1 in five of Russia’s top ten regions with the highest number of coronavirus cases. The rate is 1.08 in the Nizhny Novgorod region, 1.05 in the Sverdlovsk region, 1.03 in St. Petersburg, 1.02 in the Voronezh and Moscow regions, 0.99 in Moscow, 0.98 in the Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk regions and 0.96 in the Rostov and Samara regions.

The coronavirus reproduction rate indicates the average number of people one sick person can infect. It is one of the criteria to be considered when it comes to removing restrictions introduced in the spring to prevent the infection from spreading. The country’s authorities particularly take the coronavirus reproduction rate into account when making decisions on resuming international flights. According to the Russian sanitary watchdog, it is possible to reopen the country’s border to foreign nationals in case their countries’ coronavirus reproduction rates remain at or below 1 for a week.