In a video conference with senior Russian officials, Putin noted the declining number of cases in Moscow and other regions. “This positive dynamic is not at the pace we would like, sometimes it is even unstable, but it is still there,” he said.
Russia ranks second in the number of infections after the United States with 326,448 cases, including 3,249 deaths.
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The Russian leader said the steady decline in new cases paved the way for further easing of restrictive measures, but stressed that hospital capacity should be maintained in the event of a new wave of infection.
Authorities reported to Putin that the influx of patients with Kovid-19, particularly those in serious condition, had decreased. The Russian president noted that hospitals in Russia can accommodate more than 165,000 coronavirus patients and that two-thirds of their capacity is currently full.
Mortality from Kovid-19 in Russia remains impressively low, at about 1 percent, prompting suspicions in the West that the death toll in Russia is falling. The Russian authorities rejected this claim and said that this low number was the result of effective preventive measures and mass testing.
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During today’s video conversation with Putin, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said that Russia’s approach to counting victims is in line with the directives of the World Health Organization and more precise than in other countries.
She predicts that deaths will increase significantly in May, given the high number of infections in recent weeks. “There will be a significant increase in mortality in May, according to operational data for the past three weeks,” Golikova told Putin.
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