Russia’s Coronavirus Reproduction Rate Rises to 0.9

The coronavirus reproduction rate in Russia has risen from 0.87 to 0.9, according to a TASS tally based on data from the national anti-coronavirus crisis center. Moscow’s rate has been steadily below 0.9 for five days running, currently standing at 0.88.

The coronavirus reproduction rate equals 1 in one of Russia’s top ten regions with the highest number of coronavirus cases, the Irkutsk Region. It is followed by the Voronezh and Krasnoyarsk regions (0.99), the Arkhangelsk and Rostov regions (0.97), the Nizhny Novgorod Region (0.96) and the Sverdlovsk Region (0.94). Meanwhile, the reproduction rate stands at 0.89 in the Moscow Region and at 0.69 in St. Petersburg.

The coronavirus reproduction rate indicates the average number of people one sick person can infect. It is one of the criteria to be considered when it comes to removing restrictions introduced in the spring to prevent the infection from spreading.

The country’s authorities particularly take the coronavirus reproduction rate into account when making decisions on resuming international flights. According to the Russian sanitary watchdog, it is possible to reopen the country’s border to foreign nationals in case their countries’ coronavirus reproduction rates remain at or below 1 for a week.