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Russia Capable of Producing Sufficient Number of COVID-19 Tests - Health Minister

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Scientist in Laboratory Conducts COVID-19 Test - Sputnik International
ST.PETERSBURG (Sputnik) - The Russian Health Ministry does not see any shortage in production capacities to make as many tests for coronavirus disease diagnostics as necessary, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko told reporters on Saturday.
"As for test systems, additional production facilities have been deployed today. One of the companies launched additional production of up to 50,000 tests per day. Yesterday, another company that will produce up to 300,000 tests per day received a registration certificate from Roszdravnadzor [Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare]. We do not see shortages of production capacity today", Murashko said.

Murashko stated that more than 30 million medical masks had been made available in Russia, adding that four-layer gauze masks could protect a person against coronavirus infection.

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As of Saturday, the COVID-19 toll in Russia is 1,264 confirmed cases in 62 regions.

The World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, more than 618,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 28,800 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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