Russia announced 10,633 new coronavirus cases today, nearly double the new cases reported a week ago.
More than half of Russia’s new cases were in Moscow, where concerns are rising on whether the capital’s medical facilities will be overwhelmed.
The country has so far reported more than 124,000 cases and over 1,200 coronavirus-related deaths.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was “significant evidence” that coronavirus originated from a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the first epicentre of the pandemic.
Pompeo made this statement on ABC, declining to comment on whether he thought the virus had been intentionally released by Beijing.
The UK recorded 621 new Covid-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to over 28,000 in the country, Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick announced.
The number of infections in the UK has now gone over 182,200, with 4,806 new cases.
The UK is now the third hardest-hit country in the world in terms of coronavirus-related deaths, behind the United States and Italy.