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Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin says there has been an “explosive growth” in Covid-19 cases in his city, where he says the number of cases has increased by 80% in recent days.

The number of patients hospitalized in serious condition has meanwhile increased by 70% “in the last few days,” he told Interfax news agency. June 15.

The people of Moscow “are getting too relaxed, they think it’s over,” he said, adding: “Covid has a treacherous story behind it.”

Due to the worsening coronavirus situation, all public events are being canceled around Moscow, according to local authorities.

The ban will remain in effect until July 15, Moscow region governor Andrei Vorobyov said.

He told a meeting of local officials that the number of new hospitalizations for Covid-19 had nearly doubled, from 500 to 950 patients per day.

“If we said earlier that the elderly were in the risk zone, now young people are getting sicker and sicker, and they are in pain: 60% of new cases and 33% of hospitalizations are under 50 years old. “, He declared, according to the press agency TASS.

The developments come as Russia’s second-largest city, St. Petersburg, hosts the Euro 2020 soccer championships.

On June 15, the highest number of cases reported by Russia were in Moscow (6,805), the Moscow region (1,135) and St. Petersburg (902).

There are fears that the actual number of new cases and deaths may be higher, as Russian authorities have been accused of underreporting Covid-19 statistics.

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