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Official data says Russia’s Khabarovsk Territory is the only region seeing a constant rise in COVID-19 cases

Among all of Russia’s regions, only the Khabarovsk Territory has seen a “trend towards a constant increase” in the number of COVID-19 cases in the past 10 weeks, reports the country’s headquarters for the fight against the coronavirus.

The headquarters claims that while the Khabarovsk Territory had just 267 coronavirus cases ten weeks ago (at the beginning of May), this week the region had 706 cases, moving the Khabarovsk Territory to 17th place among Russia’s regions.

The growth rate of new cases is also increasing in the region, the headquarters reports. While the region saw 71 new cases per week in early May, it’s now recording 121 new coronavirus per week. 

On July 14, Khabarovsk Mayor Sergey Kravchuk stated that the protests in support of the region’s arrested Governor Sergey Furgal “are adversely affecting the health of all of those participating in them.” “According to the statistics, one carrier of the coronavirus infects six to seven people in a crowd,” Kravchuk said.

The Khabarovsk Territory has extended its lockdown restrictions until August 7: mass sports and cultural events are forbidden, and people over the age of 65 must remain in self-isolation.

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