President Vladimir Putin has warned that the situation in Russia is getting worse, after the country saw its largest single-day rise in confirmed cases of Covid-19.
"As we can see, the situation is changing almost every day. Unfortunately, it is not changing for the better," he told members of the Russian government.
The Russian president also said the military could be deployed to help tackle the outbreak as it had done in Italy and elsewhere.
On Monday new figures showed more than 2,550 new infections in Russia, bringing the total to 18,328. Almost two-thirds of confirmed cases have been in the capital Moscow.