Coronavirus reproduction rate in Russia is less than 1 – society & culture
MOSCOW, July 16. / TASS /. The reproduction rate of the coronavirus in Russia edged up to 0.99 on Friday, according to a TASS analysis based on data from the National Coronavirus Crisis Center. The rate has remained below 1 for three consecutive days.
The coronavirus reproduction rate is below 1 in four of the top ten regions of Russia with the highest number of coronavirus cases. The rate is 0.85 in Moscow, 0.92 in the Samara region, 0.98 in the Moscow and St. Petersburg region, 1 in the Nizhny Novgorod region, 1.02 in the Rostov region, 1.05 in Irkutsk region, 1.06 in Voronezh region and 1.14 in Sverdlovsk and Krasnoyarsk regions.
The reproduction rate of the coronavirus indicates the average number of people that a sick person can infect. This is one of the criteria to consider when it comes to lifting the restrictions introduced in the spring to prevent the spread of infection. The country’s authorities take particular account of the reproduction rate of the coronavirus when making decisions on the resumption of international flights. According to the Russian health watchdog, it is possible to reopen the country’s border to foreign nationals in case their country’s coronavirus reproduction rates remain at or below 1 for a week.