Over 50 Russian service members recover from COVID-19 in past day

TASS Russian News Agency | Aug 6, 2020 at 7:48 PM

MOSCOW, August 6. /TASS/. More than 50 Russian service members have recovered from the novel coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 9,347, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a bulletin on Thursday.

"In the past 24 hours, 52 members of the Russian Armed Forces recovered from the disease after undergoing treatment. The overall number of recoveries in the Russian Armed Forces has increased to 9,347," the ministry said.

As of August 6, a total of 1,027 service members, 121 students and teaching staff of Russian military schools and academies are diagnosed with the novel coronavirus infection. As many as 126 cases are registered among civilian specialists employed with the Russian Armed Forces. Most of them show no symptoms.

As many as 803 coronavirus patients, both service members and civilian employees, are being treated at 16 multipurpose hospitals of the Russian Defense Ministry.

In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 18.8 million people have been infected worldwide and more than 707,000 deaths have been reported.

To date, 871,894 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 676,357 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia's latest data indicates 14,606 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.