MOSCOW, June 6. / TASS /. Russia’s COVID-19 spread rate climbed close to 1 reaching 0.99 on Sunday, according to TASS estimates based on the anti-coronavirus crisis center’s data.
The spread rate of infection surpassed 1 in half of ten Russian regions with the highest COVID-19 incidence. In the Nizhny Novgorod Region, the figure hit 1.1, in Russia’s second large city St. Petersburg, the Moscow and Sverdlovsk regions -1.03, in the Voronezh Region – 1.01.
In the Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk regions, the COVID-19 spread rate was 0.99, in the Samara and Rostov regions – 0.93, whereas in Moscow, it stood at 0.9.
The coronavirus spread rate indicates the average number of people that one person can infect before isolation. Along with other criteria, this figure is used to determine, whether the regions are ready to lift the restrictive measures introduced last spring to combat the pandemic. Currently, the spread rate is applied in terms of the decisions on the resumption of regular international passenger traffic. According to Russia’s sanitary watchdog’s recommendations, the country can open the borders for a particular state if the COVID-19 spread rate there does not exceed 1 within a week.