Vladimir Putin: COVID-19 Situation Stabilizes in Russia, but be Ready for Second Wave

Vladimir Putin: COVID-19 Situation Stabilizes in Russia, but be Ready for Second Wave

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“We should think about what the experts present here, as well as their foreign counterparts are saying. According to them, there might be a second wave of the coronavirus infection, which is likely to occur in autumn, late October or November,” said Putin.

The Russian President, citing the experts’ assessment, said that the situation around the novel coronavirus in the country “has begun to stabilize.” He made that statement during a meeting on the issue of sanitary-epidemiological situation.

“The number of daily registered new cases is gradually decreasing even in Moscow that was the first to take the heat, as well as in many other Russian regions,” the official website of the Kremlin quoted the President. Vladimir Putin added nevertheless that “the positive dynamics with COVID-19 in Russia has not stabilized to match the earlier expectations, and in some cases it looks even less stable, but it still exists.”

In addition, according to the Russian President, if a week ago the new cases in Russia were growing at a rate of 5.9%, now it has decreased to 3.5%. Putin also noted the fact that the decline is taking place against the background of a stable and significant increase in the number of COVID-19 tests.

“Over the past two weeks, the total number of tests for the novel coronavirus has increased by 3 mln,” said the President. He added that the Russians should be tested in greater numbers in the future.

According to Vladimir Putin, extensive testing for the virus along with strict compliance with relevant sanitary standards are the two main conditions for successful fight against the pandemic. “This should be done in order to prevent reversing to previous numbers,” he said.

At the same time, the Russian President said the country should be ready for the second wave of the infection, which might happen in the autumn after the current restrictive measures were lifted. “We should think about what the experts present here, as well as their foreign counterparts, are saying. According to them, there might be a second wave of the coronavirus infection, which is likely to occur in autumn, late October or November,” said Putin. He added that this opportunity should be taken into account in order to be ready for this scenario.

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