President Vladimir Putin donned a full-body hazmat suit and respirator on Tuesday during a visit to a hospital treating coronavirus patients, and the mayor of Moscow said the outbreak in the Russian capital was much worse than official figures showed.

The comments made by Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin marked the strongest statement yet by Russian authorities suggesting they do not have a full grasp of how widely the coronavirus has spread throughout the world's largest country by territory.

Russia has so far reported 495 cases of COVID-19, a figure that is much lower than in many European countries.

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