Russia’s coronavirus death toll tops 4,000

Officials have predicted a higher death toll for May than April, attributing this to the deaths of hospital patients who were admitted during the peak of the epidemic several weeks ago. (File/AFP)
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Updated 28 May 2020

Russia’s coronavirus death toll tops 4,000

  • Officials have predicted a higher death toll for May than April
  • President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hailed a trend toward stabilization in the country’s virus situation

MOSCOW: Russia said Thursday that its death toll from the coronavirus has risen above 4,000 as the daily toll equalled a record set earlier this week.
The authorities said 4,142 people have now died in Russia from the virus, with 174 new deaths over the last 24 hours.
The number of new deaths equalled Russia’s highest daily death toll recorded Tuesday.
Officials have predicted a higher death toll for May than April, attributing this to the deaths of hospital patients who were admitted during the peak of the epidemic several weeks ago.
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hailed a trend toward stabilization in the country’s virus situation and Thursday’s number of new cases was below 9,000 for the fifth day running at 8,371.
In Moscow, the worst affected city, there were 2,054 new cases, the lowest number since April 23.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Wednesday announced new steps toward lifting lockdown from June 1 including reopening non-food shops and allowing people to go on walks with masks on.
Russia has the world’s third largest number of confirmed cases at 379,051, behind the United States and Brazil.


Explosion as fire breaks out at Iranian industrial complex

Updated 13 July 2020

Explosion as fire breaks out at Iranian industrial complex

  • Six storage tanks had caught fire, including the one that exploded, an Iranian official said

Iranian police are investigating after a fire broke out at an industrial complex in northeast Iran where gas condensate storage tanks are sited, one of which exploded, the Mehr news agency reported on Monday.
Javad Jahandoust, the fire chief at the Kavian Fariman industrial complex, some 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of the city of Mashhad, was quoted as saying six storage tanks had caught fire, including the one that exploded.
He said the fire was under control and there were no casualties, but police were investigating the cause.
There have been several explosions and fires around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities since late June.
On Sunday, the official IRNA news agency reported a fire at a petrochemical facility in southwest Iran, which was blamed on an oil leak. There were no casualties.