8 Apr 2020 19:20

Putin asks Russians to withstand trial of self-isolation because 'there is no choice now'

NOVO-OGARYOVO, Moscow region. April 8 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in addressing the nation that he understands that people are tired of self-isolation, adding, however, that there is no choice right now.

"And now, I would like to address all Russian citizens. I understand that exhaustion and a serious burden of financial, household, and other day-to-day problems have piled up. Your normal rhythm of life has gone. For most people, it is sickening to remain inside of four walls all the time. But there is no choice now," Putin said at the beginning of a meeting with the heads of the Russian regions on combating coronavirus on Wednesday.

"One has to make it through self-isolation and withstand its trials," he said.

"The turning point in our fight against the infection, which we must achieve, depends on our disciplined and responsible behavior," Putin said.