Russian president’s spokesman hospitalized with coronavirus | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Katie Ramirez
May 20, 2020

Some questioned the wisdom of lifting the restrictions, saying Russian Federation has yet to see its contagion peak and casting doubt on the ability of its underfunded healthcare system to cope if infections rise from the daily level of 10,000 to 11,000 new cases reported over the past week.

Russian lawmakers have passed a bill to allow Russians to vote by mail or online for President Vladimir Putin's constitutional amendments that would allow him to stay in power through 2036.

Government officials attribute the lower death toll and the rising and large number of cases to a vast testing programme, under which they say 5.8 million tests have been conducted. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced April 30 that he was infected.

The announcement of Mr Peskov's hospitalisation came a day after Mr Putin said Russian Federation was slowing the outbreak and announced he was easing some of the nationwide lockdown restrictions. But he added that every Russian region should make its own decisions on loosening restrictions, based on advice from medical experts, conditions in their area and the ability to ensure sanitary and safe conditions as people get back to work. A total of 39,801 people have recovered and 2,009 people have died of the viral infection.

Peskov told TASS news agency that he was last in direct contact with Putin "over a month ago". Two cabinet ministers have also contracted the virus. The Minister of Culture Olga Lyubimova, as well as the Construction Minister Vladimir Yakushev along with one of his deputies were also diagnosed with the virus. Mr Putin is working remotely from his residence outside the capital, and the Kremlin says his health is well protected. - President Vladimir Putin on May 11, 2020 said Russia's non-working period imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus will be lifted from May 12.

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The outbreak is far from over, the president warned, saying that "danger remains".

He had said Russian Federation was starting to exit "gradually and very carefully" from coronavirus-related restrictions, some of which will be maintained for some territories and enterprises.

Last week Mayor Sergei Sobyanin extended the capital's lockdown until 31 May. New rules introduced on Tuesday mean they have to wear masks and gloves on public transport and in food shops.

Mr Sobyanin has previously estimated that the capital may have more than 300,000 infections - about three times its current confirmed tally.

The UK has the highest number of such deaths in Europe with more than 32,000 but excess deaths - which include those indirectly caused by virus - top 50,000.

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He said 27 per cent of Covid-19 deaths in England had taken place in care homes compared to a European average of around half. This led to residents not receiving hospital treatment, and a shortage of PPE, Green said.

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