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Russia doesn't plan lockdowns despite increase in coronavirus cases: Kremlin

FILE PHOTO: Medical specialists wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) transfer a woman on a stretcher at the admission department of the City Clinical Hospital Number 15 named after O. Filatov, which delivers treatment to patients infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Moscow, Russia May 25, 2020. Picture taken May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia does not plan to impose severe lockdown restrictions despite a growing number of COVID-19 cases, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

Russia’s daily tally of new coronavirus cases hit its highest level since June 23 on Friday with 7,212 infections reported across the country. With 1,136,048 cases, Russia currently has the fourth highest number of infections in the world.

“Of course the increase in these figures is a reason to be much more careful and take care of yourselves and your loved ones,” Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov, Tom Balmforth and Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Mark Trevelyan

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