Medical professionals are recommended to classify any case of SARS, regardless of the medical history, as a suspected SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. This is stated in the temporary guidelines published on the website of the Ministry of health of Russia on Monday, April 13.
“Thus, there is currently a decline in the incidence of seasonal SARS against the background of an increase in the incidence of COVID-19. Taking into account such epidemiological features, any case of ARVI, regardless of the epidemiological history, should be considered as suspicious for COVID-19, ” the Agency writes.
On April 12, Moscow region Governor Andrey Vorobyov announced that the capacity of coronavirus diagnostics in the region will increase to almost 7 thousand tests per day.
Earlier, on April 11, Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin instructed specialists to increase the speed of testing for coronavirus infection to 24 hours. He stressed that timely and large-scale testing is one of the main directions of fighting the disease.
An outbreak of COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, occurred in Wuhan, China, at the end of December last year. As of April 13, the total number of cases in Russia reached 18,328 people in 82 regions of the country. 148 patients died and 1,470 recovered.