Russia to send more coronavirus test kits to CIS countries

Russia to send more coronavirus test kits to CIS countries
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  • calendar-gray 09 April 2020

Russia plans to send more test kits to diagnose COVID-19 to former Soviet republics in April and May within the framework of assistance in fight against the novel coronavirus, Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko said in an interview with TASS on Thursday, APA reports.

The senior diplomat noted that in March and early April, Russia already provided CIS countries with over 1,500 test kits for lab diagnostics, each of them making it possible to carry out 100 tests for coronavirus". "In April-May, we will supply more than 3,000 kits. Thus, almost 450,000 individuals can be tested for the virus in CIS countries with the help of Russian tests," Rudenko stressed.

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 1,500,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 88,000 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far over 331,000 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.

To date, a total of 10,131 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 698 patients having recovered from the virus.

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