Putin orders non-working month to curb coronavirus


Russia’s president Vladimir Putin ordered most Russians to remain off work till the top of the month in a bid to curb the unfold of the coronavirus.

Earlier, Putin has declared a “non-working” week. Under the measures, some important industries will preserve working, and grocery shops and pharmacies will stay open.

Putin stated in a televised speech on Thursday he was extending the measure till the top of April. He added that every one staff will proceed incomes their common salaries in the course of the interval.

“The threat remains, and experts believe that the epidemic is yet to reach its peak in the world, including our country,” Putin stated, and added:

“Our country is very big, population density differs widely and there are areas where the coronavirus already is posing a serious threat like in Moscow where we haven’t been able yet to change the situation despite the measures being taken”, he stated.

Putin stated that regional authorities shall be given a free hand to deal with the measures. He burdened that it is usually essential to guard individuals’s incomes and stop a spike in unemployment. “An efficient and stable economy is key to solving our tasks, including in the health care system”, Putin stated.

Russia has up to now reported 4,149 infections and 34 deaths. Critics, nevertheless, imagine that the actual variety of infections is increased, contemplating the low degree of testing and the 37% improve in pneumonia circumstances in Moscow in January, seen as an indication of unreported coronavirus circumstances.