Russia’s coronavirus reproduction rate rises to 1.04 — TASS analysis

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MOSCOW, June 8. /TASS/. The coronavirus reproduction rate in Russia rose from 1.03 to 1.04 on Tuesday as the country recorded the highest number of new daily cases since March 14, according to a TASS analysis based on data from the national anti-coronavirus crisis center.

The coronavirus reproduction rate stands above 1 in six of Russia’s top ten regions with the highest number of coronavirus cases. The rate is 1.06 in Moscow, the Nizhny Novgorod and Sverdlovsk regions, 1.03 in St. Petersburg, 1.02 in the Moscow region, 1.01 in the Voronezh region, 0.99 in the Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk regions, 0.97 in the Rostov region and 0.95 in the Samara region.

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.