29 Jul 2020 16:43

Covid-19 cases in Russia half of May peak figures, but situation may change - Putin

NOVO-OGARYOVO, Moscow region. July 29 (Interfax) - The number of coronavirus infections in Russia is gradually decreasing, but the situation could swing in any direction, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"The number of coronavirus infections in Russia gradually decreased in June and July. According to operative information, the number of new cases is now practically two times lower than what it was during the peak period in May," Putin said at a meeting on the sanitary-epidemiological situation in Russia.

"The situation remains difficult; it could swing in any direction," he said.

There is no reason to calm down and forget about doctors' recommendations, Putin said. Not all regions of the country have achieved a steady reduction in the number of infections, he said.

"The situation remains difficult in some regions of the federation. During our meeting, we'll address this issue separately; we'll evaluate in a substantive way what else needs to be done by federal agencies and local authorities in order to improve the situation," Putin said.

The medical assistance system generally worked in an organized manner during the epidemic, he said. That is why it was possible to resist the pressure of the epidemic and take on this "unprecedented challenge," Putin said.