6 May 2020 16:56

Rospotrebnadzor proposes lifting coronavirus-related restrictions in 3 stages - Popova

MOSCOW. May 6 (Interfax) - The Russian Federal Service for Health and Consumer Rights (Rospotrebnadzor) has drawn up recommendations suggesting a three-stage process for lifting the restrictions imposed in Russia to limit the spread of Covid-19, Rospotrebnadzor head Anna Popova said.

"We've prepared recommendations on lifting these restrictive measures; this is a precise, procedural instrument for this work. We suggest three stages," Popova said on Wednesday at a conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the implementation of earlier adopted measures to support the economy and the social sector.

During each of these stages, the heads of the regions can make decisions on specific measures based on suggestions from the chief public health officials of these regions, she said.

"When lifting restrictions, we suggest assessing the following main indicators: the disease's rate of growth, in other words, the number of new cases of the disease, the available number of vacant hospital beds for the hospitalization of patients with the new coronavirus infection, and figures showing the scope of testing in order to understand to what extent the infection has spread among the population in this or that region," Popova said.

All these indicators are assessed retrospectively, for one or two weeks, due to the incubation period of the disease," she said.