Among the infected is President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, local media report. Hours before Putin made a televised speech Monday about ending the partial economic lockdown, health officials reported a daily record of over 11,600 new cases.
On the same day when Russia made a decision to ease all restrictions related to coronavirus, Russian President Vladamir Putin's official spokesperson Dmitry Peskov tested positive for the deadly viral infection.
Government officials attribute the lower death toll and the rising and large number of cases to a vast testing programme, under which they say 5.8 million tests have been conducted.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin revealed on April 30 that he had tested positive for the virus, planned to self-isolate and would be temporarily stepping down from his duties amid treatment.
On Monday, President Putin said that the country would be eased its COVID-19-related restrictions nationwide starting Tuesday.
Meanwhile, authorities in St Petersburg have put out a fire in an intensive care unit, which killed five coronavirus patients and forced the evacuation of about 150 people. "I am receiving medical help", Peskov told the TASS news agency when asked whether he had been infected with the novel coronavirus disease.
The two leaders discussed progress on defeating the coronavirus pandemic, with Trump reiterating that the United States is working hard to care for Americans at home and is also ready to provide assistance to any country in need, including Russian Federation.
The Kremlin says Putin's health is rigorously protected. The next day, Construction and Housing Minister Vladimir Yakushev, was hospitalized with it, and Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova said last week she was self-isolating after getting infected. However, it remains unknown whether the Kremlin representative contacted the president. However, despite the high number of confirmed cases, only a total of 2,116 Russians have died from the virus since the outbreak.
Other Russian regions, however, have started easing its restrictions as people have been permitted to go walking, hiking or enjoying outdoor sports. Though construction and industrial workers must now return to work in the city, everyone must wear face masks and gloves in shops and on public transport.
Mr Sobyanin has previously estimated that the capital may have more than 300,000 infections - about three times its current confirmed tally.
The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the United States has now surpassed 81,000.