April 24, 2020 / 7:51 AM / a month ago

Russia's coronavirus case tally nears 70,000

FILE PHOTO: A medical specialist wearing protective gear stands outside a hospital for patients infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia April 21, 2020. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Friday reported 5,849 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, pushing its nationwide tally to 68,622.

Sixty people with the virus died overnight, pushing the death toll to 615, Russia’s official crisis response centre said.

Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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