Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia is facing “a serious situation” with the coronavirus outbreak, in Moscow on Tuesday.

“Those who are sick, there are many more of those than what has been diagnosed. Aware of this dynamic, we have started taking additional measures, increasing hospital capacities and testing,” the mayor said.

Sobyanin thanked Putin for supporting the measures introduced to protect elderly people.

“We used to think that the high-risk group consisted of people arriving from abroad. Now a million people have arrived in Russia over the past 10 days, and we have to place them under quarantine so that they stay at home. This is one story. At the same time, elderly people over the age of 65 are in what we now believe to be the actual high-risk group,” he said.

The mayor also told Putin that a new hospital for coronavirus patients being built on the outskirts of Moscow would open within a month.

On Tuesday Russia registered 57 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of infected to 495. There has been one coronavirus-related death in Russia.

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