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Russia’s figure skater Vladimir Morozov diagnosed with positive COVID-19 case

Morozov and his duo partner Yevgeniya Tarasova decided earlier to skip the national team’s pre-season test skate on September 12-13

MOSCOW, September 16. /TASS/. Russia’s two-time European champion in pair figure skating Vladimir Morozov has been diagnosed with a positive case of COVID-19, a source close to the situation told TASS on Wednesday.

Morozov and his duo partner Yevgeniya Tarasova decided earlier to skip the national team’s pre-season test skate on September 12-13.

"Vladimir [Morozov] has been diagnosed with a case of the novel coronavirus," the source said. "The figure skater is feeling well at the moment."

Morozov is a pair skater and jointly with his partner Tarasova, he is a three-time World Championship medalist (2018 and 2019 silver, 2017 bronze), a two-time European champion (2017, 2018), the 2016-17 Grand Prix Final champion, and a two-time Russian national champion (2018, 2019).

Global coronavirus crisis

In late December 2019, Chinese officials informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 29,825,050 people have been infected worldwide and more than 941,040 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 21,615,750 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.

To date, 1,079,519 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 890,114 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 18,917 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.