TASS: Expert predicts a two-fold decrease in COVID-19 incidence rates in May in Russia

In the context of a significant decrease in passenger traffic from European countries, the COVID-19 incidence rates may drop below the 5,000 mark by early May, said Professor Victor Zakharov, Head of the Intelligent Logistics Centre at St Petersburg University.

The number of new COVID-19 registered per day in Russia may decrease from 10,900 to less than 5,000 by the beginning of May. This was reported to the Russian news agency TASS on Tuesday by the Head of the Intelligent Logistics Centre at St Petersburg University Victor Zakharov.

‘Observations on the occurrence and dynamics of the COVID-19 epidemic in Russia suggest that considering the significant decrease in passenger traffic from Europe, by early May, the number of new cases may drop below the 5,000 mark. The total number of active cases may fall below 150,000. In other words, a new COVID-19 surge, already noticeable in European countries, has not reached Russia yet, and may not reach it at all,’ said Professor Zakharov.

According to the Federal Emergency Response Centre on preventing the import and spread of the novel coronavirus in Russia, Russia’s COVID-19 case tally rose by 10,910 over the past day to 18,018,825. Globally, since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been over 499.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, including about 6.2 million deaths. According to the Federal Emergency Response Centre on preventing the import and spread of the novel coronavirus in Russia, Russia has seen a total of 18,018,825 cases of COVID-19, including 372,245 deaths. The Government of the Russian Federation launched the official Internet resource, called StopCoronavirus.rf, to inform the population about the coronavirus situation in the country.