MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 29, 2020: A police officer in a face mask stands guard near Khoroshevsky Bridge at the entrance to the Serebryany Bor forest park in a north-west suburb of Moscow. The Russian government has announced a paid week off work (30 March to 3 April) for employed people and school holidays (21 March - 12 April), while Moscow's authorities have ordered the shutdown of restaurants, leisure facilities and other service industry businesses and urged Muscovites to self-isolate to counter the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Forest parks remain open but the public are warned to observe social distancing rules. Sergei Karpukhin/TASS

The number of COVID-19 cases in Russia has risen by 9,974 over the past day to 252,245, the anti-coronavirus crisis center reported on Thursday.

For the first time since May 2, the number of coronavirus cases recorded per day in the country was less than 10,000.

According to the crisis center, the daily growth in cases has dropped from 4.3% to a record low of 4.1%.

Moscow has confirmed 4,712 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total tally to 130,716. The daily growth in infections in the capital reached 3.7% against 3.9% a day earlier.

New cases have been also recorded in 83 Russian regions. Some 918 cases have been confirmed in the Moscow Region, 460 in St. Petersburg, 238 in the Nizhny Novgorod Region, 102 in the Ivanovo Region, 98 in the Tula Region and 98 in the Republic of Dagestan.

Source: TASS, May 14, 2020