Russia has begun to ease restrictions on the fight against the coronavirus in several regions after Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to relax the confinement despite the daily increase of more than 10,000 cases still in the country.

In Russia, the curve of coronavirus cases has not yet begun to flatten out and the country has more than 230,000 confirmed cases. The authorities attribute these figures to the large number of tests they carry out on the population, so far 5.8 million.

The latest data place Russia as the second country in the world in terms of the number of cases of coronavirus, above the United Kingdom and Spain. The health chief insisted that “it is completely impossible to compare the number of cases in a country with a population of more than 100 million people with one that has no more than 10 million”. But in the international community there are doubts as to the number of deaths, which is much lower than in other countries and officially stands at 2,116, the Government has refuted any accusations of manipulation.

“We have never manipulated the official statistics,” G√≥likova said at a press conference, saying that, whatever the Western press says, the mortality rates for coronaviruses in this country are 7.6 times lower than the world average.

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