“Chances are walks outside to breathe fresh outdoor air will be available for the elderly and children, because we understand that this is very important,” said Yelena Andreyeva, the head of Moscow division of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrednadzor.) “Certainly, in accordance with the requirements which will be kept and accurately set out.”
Moscow turned out to be the largest epicenter of the novel coronavirus in the country. And it was predictable. It is the biggest city of Russia, its business, cultural and tourist center with the largest population. There was no chance to avoid the disease outbreak there. Every Muscovite came to face with all the negative consequences of the epidemic through the strict measures introduced in this regard.
However, in the short term, Moscow residents are very likely to feel free finally. According to media reports, Rospotrebnadzor considers the Russian capital ready for a second stage of lifting the restrictive measures and granting freedom of movement to its residents. Earlier, this statement was made by Yelena Andreyeva, the head of the Moscow branch of Rospotrednadzor, during an online meeting of the Moscow City Duma. “At the moment, we are ready to start removing the self-isolation regulations,” she said.
She recalled that the decision to lift the restrictive measures should be taken on the basis of three indicators – the propagation ratio of the virus, the availability of free beds in hospitals and test coverage. According to Andreyeva, at present, all these indicators meet the established norms in Moscow. “According to these indicators, we are fully prepared for the first and second stages of lockdown removal,” she added.
However, there are two other indirect indicators -- the number of registered cases of non-hospital pneumonia and the mortality rate. “At the moment, the mortality rate is 1.1%, but thorough analysis shows that about two-thirds of cases were people over 65 years of age, as well as those who sought medical attention quite late. There are also people who had a completely different somatic pathology,” Andreyeva said, once again recalling that hypertension, overweight and diabetes might aggravate the course of COVID-19 infection.
She said that if the situation does not get worse in terms of the above-mentioned indicators and the number of new cases in the coming days, consumer services might soon resume their operation in Moscow. “Chances are walks outside to breathe fresh outdoor air will be available for the elderly and children, because we understand that this is very important,” said Yelena Andreyeva. “Certainly, in accordance with the requirements which will be kept and clearly specified.”