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16.04.21 Russia Registers 8,995 New Cases Of Covid-19, 397 Deaths In Past 24 Hours
Russia has registered 8,995 cases of Covid-19 and 397 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement on Friday. "Over the past day, 8,995 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in 84 regions of Russia, including 1,172 asymptomatic cases identified proactively (13.0%)," the headquarters said. In the past 24 hours, 9,109 patients were discharged from hospitals upon recovery, and 397 patients died from Covid-19 across Russia. According to the headquarters, Moscow saw 2,476 new cases of Covid-19, 57 deaths and 1,901 recoveries in the past 24 hours. Daily coronavirus morbidity has been higher than 2,400 in Moscow for two consecutive days, and it was also the highest in Russia. The smallest growth was reported by Tuva (two cases) and the Jewish Autonomous District and the Chukotka Autonomous District (one case in each) in the past 24 hours. There were zero infections in the Nenets Autonomous District. Read more 
16.04.21 Poland Declares Three Russian Diplomats Personae Non Gratae
Poland has declared three Russian diplomats personae non gratae, the Polish Foreign Ministry informed on Thursday. "A diplomatic note was handed to the [Russian] Ambassador [to Poland] which informs of three employees of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Warsaw being declared personae non gratae," a statement by the Polish Foreign Ministry says. According to the Polish Foreign Ministry, "the basis for this decision was the violation of the conditions of diplomatic status by the aforementioned persons," as well as alleged "actions aimed to harm the Republic of Poland.". Read more 
16.04.21 US Expels Russian Diplomats, Imposes Sanctions For Hacking
The Biden administration has announced the U.S. is expelling 10 Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions against dozens of people and companies, holding the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year’s presidential election and the hacking of federal agencies. The sweeping measures announced Thursday are meant to punish Russia for actions that U.S. officials say cut to the core of American democracy and to deter future acts by imposing economic costs on Moscow, including by targeting its ability to borrow money. The sanctions are certain to exacerbate tensions with Russia, which promised a response, even as President Joe Biden said the administration could have taken even more punitive measures but chose not to in the interests of maintaining stability. Read more 
16.04.21 Rosstat: Poverty Rate In Russia Drops To Lowest Level Seen Since 2014
At the end of 2020, 17.8 million people in Russia were living below the poverty line, according to preliminary estimates from the Federal Statistics Service (Rosstat). This equates to 12.1 percent of the country’s population — meaning the poverty rate went down 0.2 percentage points (or, by 300,000 people) compared to 2019, according to Rosstat’s website. RBC writes that this is the lowest poverty rate Russia has seen since 2014, when 11.3 percent of the population was living below the poverty line. According to Rosstat’s estimates, in the fourth quarter of 2020, 13.5 million people in Russia, or 9.2 percent of the population, had incomes below the subsistence level. Compared to last year’s third quarter, the number of people living in poverty decreased by 5.3 million (or by 3.6 percentage points) — from 18.8 million to 13.5 million people. Read more 
16.04.21 More Than 8 Mln People Vaccinated Against Covid-19 In Russia To Date
The number of people vaccinated against Covid-19 in Russia significantly exceeds the figure of eight million, and the further intensification of the vaccination campaign will allow the country's authorities to consider lifting coronavirus-related restrictions soon, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said. "The figure of more than eight million has been mentioned here [at a meeting of the Russian Health Ministry board], but the film was probably prepared long before the board meeting, and today this number is already considerably higher," Golikova said at the ministry board meeting on Friday. "The volume of vaccination in Russia is growing, which is good. It allows us to consider lifting the restrictions at some point in the near future," she said. Read more 
16.04.21 Russia's Yandex To Launch Rapid Delivery In France
The Moscow Times
Russian tech giant Yandex said Thursday it plans to launch its rapid grocery delivery service in France later this year and is also gearing up to start operations in London. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic demand for online grocery deliveries has spiked, buttressing 15-minute grocery delivery services such as Yandex.Lavka. Yandex.Lavka currently operates in several big Russian cities as well as Tel Aviv. The company said the service would start operating in Paris in the second quarter of this year. Read more 
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