Russia Confirms 601 New Coronavirus Cases in 24 Hours Bringing Total to 4,149

© REUTERS / Maxim ShemetovPeople wearing protective masks walk near a hospital for patients infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia March 23, 2020.
People wearing protective masks walk near a hospital for patients infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia March 23, 2020. - Sputnik International
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Russia registered 601 new cases of coronavirus infection in 24 hours, the number of confirmed cases now reaches 4,149, the federal COVID-19 response centre said Friday.

Of the 601 new cases, 448 are in Moscow, 34 in Moscow region.

"Four patients with coronavirus have died in a day: two in the Komi Republic, one in Moscow, and one in Perm Territory. The total number: 34," the response centre said.

Four people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 34.

Forty-six people have been discharged from the hospital, bringing the total number of recoveries to 281.

Almost 50% of new coronavirus patients in Moscow are younger than 45, according to the response centre.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended the nationwide paid holiday, which was to last a week starting 30 March, until the end of April. Separately, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin prolonged the quarantine in the capital until 1 May.

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