Russia coronavirus cases top 500,000

first_imgRussia, the country with the world’s third-largest coronavirus outbreak, passed the symbolic milestone of 500,000 confirmed cases on Thursday, after the capital lifted tight lockdown restrictions this week.The latest figures took the country’s total to 502,436 cases, after 8,779 new cases were recorded in the last day, a government website said.The most cases were reported in the two largest cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg and their surrounding areas. The capital confirmed 1,436 new cases on Thursday as the numbers of new infections have significantly fallen this week.Moscow lifted restrictions including compulsory travel passes on Tuesday, a move welcomed by residents who rushed out to enjoy the streets and parks.Many other regions are lifting lockdown restrictions as Russia is preparing to hold a July 1 national vote despite the pandemic.   President Vladimir Putin is seeking public backing for constitutional amendments that would allow him to stay on at the Kremlin beyond his current term. Russia has confirmed a total of 6,532 COVID-19 deaths, a far lower mortality rate than in other countries with large outbreaks.Critics have cast doubt on the low official mortality rate and accused authorities of under-reporting to play down the scale of the crisis.Russia attributes its lower virus death figures to mass testing which has identified many cases with mild or no coronavirus symptoms. The health ministry is now adjusting how it reports numbers to include all deaths believed to be related to the virus even if the direct cause of death was another condition or the patient tested negative.Moscow reported Wednesday that it saw 5,260 such deaths in May.Former finance minister Alexei Kudrin, a liberal politician known for his outspoken comments, said Russia’s health system requires more funds and modernization in many regions.”Medicine is significantly underfunded even according to the current norms and also it needs a serious overhaul,” Kudrin, who heads the Audit Chamber that examines government spending, said in an interview with TASS state news agency.”We will carry out a check and show these figures,” he added.Nevertheless the economist said Russia “is not doing a bad job with the pandemic,” crediting the role of the military, which has built emergency facilities.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Lonzo Ball says he’ll ‘play for anybody’ after LaVar blasts Lakers coach Luke Walton

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Walton said Sunday that he was “fine” with LaVar’s comments, on one condition.“My only concern with any of it is for Zo,” he said. “As long as Zo’s fine with it and Zo can come out and play and be, and it doesn’t affect mine and his relationship, then it doesn’t bother me at all.”Lonzo Ball has insisted that his father will continue to speak his mind, but the latest chapter raised questions of whether the elder Ball was simply broadcasting sentiments that originated with his son.“That is just his opinion,” Lonzo Ball said. “He has coached me his whole life. So, he is definitely going to have a strong opinion about it. That’s just what it is.”Lakers executives met with LaVar Ball on Nov. 29 to ask him to tone down comments he had made questioning Walton’s rotations and overall usage of his son, the No. 2 pick in June’s draft. Sunday’s story was the first time, however, that LaVar had outright suggested Walton should not coach the Lakers.“Even if you bring in a LeBron or a (Paul) George, he can’t coach them guys,” LaVar told ESPN. “What is he gonna tell them? He’s too young. He has no control.”Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka attended Sunday’s shoot around but declined to speak to reporters. Magic Johnson, the team’s president of basketball operations, has been posting on social media this weekend from Lansing, Mich., where his parents are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.The comments reached Walton prior to a Lakers shoot around Sunday morning, which was attended by 500 to 1,000 fans as part of an American Express event. Walton was in good spirits, shooting around after the walk-through with Ball, Kyle Kuzma and assistant coach Brian Shaw.Walton said he “would disagree” with the assertion he had lost the locker room.“I don’t see that the players aren’t playing hard,” he said. “I think the players are playing very hard, we’ve been through a hard stretch, but they are giving us what they have and we’re going to keep working and we’ll be fine. LOS ANGELES -– Lonzo Ball disagreed with his father that Luke Walton has lost control of the Lakers locker room, but stopped short of an outright endorsement of his coach.“I’ll play for anybody,” the rookie point guard said following the Lakers morning shoot around at Staples Center.LaVar Ball told ESPN this weekend that the Lakers “are not playing for Luke no more.”Speaking from a luxury resort in Lithuania, where his two youngest sons are preparing to make their professional debuts with Prienu Vytautas, the elder Ball made his comments to an ESPN reporter embedded with the family after the Lakers lost 108-94 to Charlotte on Friday night. It was the Lakers’ ninth straight loss. When asked about his job security last week, Walton said, “I coach as if it’s not” in jeopardy. On Sunday, he said he has been given reassurances from the Lakers front office that he has their support.“I feel very secure in my job status right now,” he said. “We talk all the time. They’re 100% behind and supporting what we’re doing.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Luke doesn’t have control of the team no more,” he said. “They don’t want to play for him.”Asked pointedly if he agreed that Walton had lost the support of players, Lonzo Ball said, “I don’t think so. I mean, he’s our head coach. We are going to play for him.”last_img read more

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