It’s hardly escaped discover that whereas different main European cities – akin to London, Berlin, Paris and Rome – are in varied types of shutdown, life in Moscow stays comparatively regular, with even bars and cafes nonetheless open.
Movement ranges within the capital are solely down about 50 % on traditional averages, and the identical state of affairs pertains in many of the nation. Although cinemas, massive nightclubs and different main entertainments have been closed, some suppose the federal government is being too lax, However, it appears officers are solely following professional recommendation.
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) consultant in Russia, Melita Vujnovic, believes that if individuals observe rules and use frequent sense, a strict lockdown isn’t a vital measure, at this second.
“If Russia and Moscow can keep self-discipline it will be much easier to go through this period without heavy quarantines,” she stated at a press convention within the capital on Thursday. “If vital, I’m positive this measure might be utilized. But at this level plainly it’s not wanted but.”
“The measures that Russia is taking are very correct, Russia is one step ahead [of other comparable countries],” Vujnovic assured her viewers, including that she trusts the authorities to deal with the state of affairs.
It appears the Kremlin helps her viewpoint. President Putin’s spokesman stated, additionally on Thursday, that coronavirus is presently manageable in Russia, which implies there isn’t a have to introduce a state-of-emergency.
“We do not have a de facto epidemic and in reality our situation is much better than in many countries,” Dmitry Peskov advised the media. “This is definitely due to the measures that the government began to take in advance.”
Vujnovic added that no person can predict when the pandemic would possibly ease off. “No one knows when it will end, I am not Nostradamus,” she asserted. “The more we can comply with the rules, the faster the virus will go away.”
Putin introduced on Wednesday that the subsequent working week (from March 30 to April 3) could be a paid vacation. He urged Russians to adjust to all of the suggestions of docs and to remain at home. As of Thursday afternoon, Russia has reported 840 Covid-19 infections and three deaths.
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