Topic Reading-Vol.2948-5/7/2020

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Topic Reading-Vol.2948-5/7/2020

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2020/05/07 Topic Reading-Vol.2948-5/7/2020

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

Russia adds record 10,000 coronavirus cases in dramatic turnaround as Putin’s problems stack up

The population of Russia is a little over 145 million, approximately the sum of the populations of Germany and Italy. Though it is the world largest country by land size, over 100 million people are urban residents, including 12 million in the capital city, Moscow.

Though the Russian government claimed that the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic was under control about a month ago, the number of coronavirus cases have been on the rise recently. In fact, they added over 10,000 new cases on a single day, May 3, and brought the total number of cases over the 100,000 mark, the seventh-highest number in the world. Even though Moscow represents less than 10% of the nation’s population, over half of the total cases are in the capital city. One of them is the person was Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, who is hospitalized as of now.

Another chilling fact of Russia’s coronavirus cases is that of the over 1,300 recorded deaths by the novel virus, about 50% of them were reported asymptomatic [eɪsɪmptəˈmætɪk], having shown no symptoms or evidence of illness or abnormality. You can tell how difficult it is to deal with this silent and invisible deadly virus that could spread so easily and quickly without being felt or recognized. As a result, hospitals in Moscow are totally overwhelmed by the increasing number of patients, and more and more medical workers have been infected and fallen.

Read the article and think how easily COVID-19 could spread without strict measures by the government and consciousness of the citizens.

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