The Bolshoi Theater struck by 34 cases of coronavirus after a television performance in an empty auditorium in Russia

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The famous Bolshoi Theater in Moscow was hit by a major coronavirus epidemic with 34 cases.

The epidemic emerged after the troupe played live television from an empty auditorium while Russia was locked out with 21,102 recorded infections and 170 deaths.

Bolshoi director general Vladimir Urin said that 34 people involved in organizing the television concert – “We are together” – tested positive for Covid-19.

The epidemic emerged after the troupe played live television for the Russians in an empty auditorium while the country is locked out with 21,102 recorded infections and 170 deaths.

The epidemic emerged after the troupe played live television for the Russians in an empty auditorium while the country is locked out with 21,102 recorded infections and 170 deaths.

Bolshoi director general Vladimir Urin told TASS that 34 people involved in organizing the TV concert - titled `` We are together '' - were positive for Covid-19 (photo: Timofey Yakhnov with the orchestra Bolshoi Theater behind him playing from a distance)

Bolshoi director general Vladimir Urin told TASS that 34 people involved in organizing the television concert – titled “We Are Together” – were positive for Covid-19 (photo: Timofey Yakhnov with the Theater Orchestra Bolshoi behind him playing from a distance)

“Without exception, all theater staff, including security guards and engineers, were tested for coronavirus two days before the concert,” said Urin.

“Thirty-four people tested positive for the coronavirus. They had no fever or obvious signs of illness, but they were all suspended from work and sent to quarantine.

Urin added: “There is no way that dozens of cases were identified during the concert itself. “

Several hundred people involved in organizing the concert had passed a test a few days before the event.

The event was intended to thank Russian doctors, rescuers and volunteers involved in the fight against the coronavirus crisis – but it seems to have been organized and carried out without proper social distancing.

Dancer Sergei Polunin – formerly of the Royal Ballet in London – said, “I was happy to be back on stage and dancing to support the people who are fighting the virus and the people who are staying at home.

“It was unusual to see an empty auditorium.

“When I was walking on stage, I always felt that the audience was there. “

The spread to the Bolshoi seems to symbolize a failure that sees Moscow hospitals in emergency mode and suspects that rising official numbers – with another record of 2,774 new cases today – mask the real picture.

The event was intended to thank Russian doctors, rescuers and volunteers involved in the fight against the coronavirus crisis - but it was clearly organized and carried out without proper social distancing.

The event was intended to thank Russian doctors, rescuers and volunteers involved in the fight against the coronavirus crisis – but it was clearly organized and carried out without proper social distancing.

Ballet dancer Sergei Polunin, formerly of the Royal Ballet, on stage at the Bolshoi

Ballet dancer Sergei Polunin, formerly of the Royal Ballet, on stage at the Bolshoi

Dancer Sergei Polunin (pictured) - formerly of the Royal Ballet in London - said: `` I was happy to be back on stage and dancing to support the people who are fighting the virus and the people who stay at the House. It was unusual to see an empty auditorium. When I walked on stage, I always had the feeling that the audience was there.

Dancer Sergei Polunin (pictured) – formerly of the Royal Ballet, London – said: “I was happy to be back on stage and dancing to support the people who are fighting the virus and the people who are staying at home . It was unusual to see an empty auditorium. When I walked on stage, I always felt that the audience was there.

China has closed most of its 2,600-mile border, with its own new infections swelling by people entering the country from Russia.

Beijing offers £ 570 cash bonanzas to those who mainly catch Chinese illegally crossing the massive border and are at risk of importing coronaviruses.

In a rare attack on the Kremlin, the state-owned Global Times in Beijing thundered: “Russia is the latest example of non-control of imported cases and can serve as a warning to others.

“The Chinese people have seen Russia become a seriously affected country …

“This should sound the alarm: China must strictly prevent the influx of cases and avoid a second outbreak. “

The spread to the Bolshoi seems to symbolize a failure that sees Moscow's hospitals in emergency mode and suspects that the official figures on the rise - with another record of 2,774 new cases today - mask the true picture.

The spread to the Bolshoi seems to symbolize a failure that sees Moscow hospitals in emergency mode and suspects that rising official numbers – with another record of 2,774 new cases today – mask the real picture.

There were two presenters and several hundred others were involved in organizing the concert which had been tested before the event.

There were two presenters and several hundred others had been involved in organizing the concert which had been tested before the event

The crisis in Russia was admitted by Vladimir Putin who raged at ministers over the “sloppy neglect” that had led to the increase in cases.

“We have a lot of problems,” said Putin, saying the coming weeks will be “decisive” for the country.

The Russians “must not let their guard down”.

Chinese sources have accused Russia of failing to provide accurate statistics on coronavirus infections.

“Anger is growing in China, which is due to the growing belief that the Russian authorities are intentionally hiding the magnitude of the pandemic,” said an account.

“The news of Suifunhe infections seems to be another clear example, confirming suspicions of a significant underestimation of Russian statistics.

China’s northeastern border province Heilongjiang saw 79 new cases of Covid-19 imports on Monday.

While China is forcing the closure of major border crossings, a medical source told the People’s Daily: “The proportion of patients with COVID-19 was very high – 10 to 20 percent in each group of arrivals. In some groups, this ratio was even higher. “

A man wearing a protective mask walks in front of the Bolshoi Theater in downtown Moscow

A man wearing a protective mask walks in front of the Bolshoi Theater in downtown Moscow

A deserted square in front of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, April 11, 2020

A deserted square in front of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, April 11, 2020

Symptoms of the infection appeared in Russia. All critically ill patients with COVID-19 are patients who developed a fever or cough in Russia. They then returned to China. “

Russia today reported 2,774 new cases, bringing the total to 21,102 with 170 deaths, an increase of 22.

More than 85% of the cases in Moscow are under 65 years of age.

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