MOSCOW, November 18. /TASS/. The coronavirus spread rate dropped to 1.03 in Russia and 0.99 in Moscow, the lowest levels since November 14, according to TASS estimates based on the anti-coronavirus crisis center's data released on Wednesday.
The coronavirus spread rate decreased to 0.99 in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Region and 0.97 in the Nizhny Novgorod Region and equaled 1 in the Krasnoyarsk, Voronezh and Irkutsk Regions, the latest data indicate.
The coronavirus growth rate equals 1.01 in the Rostov Region, 1.09 in the Sverdlovsk Region and 1.12 in the Moscow Region. In St. Petersburg where over 2,000 infections have been registered for the third consecutive day the coronavirus spread rate is gradually decreasing and currently stands at 1.22, the estimates show.
The coronavirus spread rate shows the number of people one patient can infect before being isolated. Along with other criteria, it was used to define the regions' readiness for a step-by-step removal of restrictions introduced this spring to combat the epidemic. Now this rate is used to adopt decisions on resuming regular passenger service with foreign countries.
In accordance with the Federal Service for Surveillance of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing's recommendations, the borders with a country may be opened if the coronavirus spread rate does not exceed 1 for a week.
In late December 2019, Chinese officials informed 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 55,988,030 people have been infected worldwide and more than 1,344,360 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 39,002,240 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.