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4 May, 2020 14:07

As number of recorded Covid-19 cases skyrocket, Russian official declares complete victory impossible

As number of recorded Covid-19 cases skyrocket, Russian official declares complete victory impossible

With Russia seeing another day of more than 10,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, it seems like Covid-19 will never end. According to one official, that fear might be exactly right.

Speaking to TV channel Russia 24, Anna Popova, the head of Russia’s consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, revealed that it is impossible to completely end the circulation of Covid-19. “No matter what, there will always be some kind of communication,” she explained. “There are risks of renewal, even if the virus is no longer in the country.” 

Popova also announced that anti-coronavirus measures would have to be gradually removed, and not eliminated all at once. For example, self-isolation could be ended for all of those who are not elderly or living with chronic diseases.

On Sunday, Popova explained that restrictions could be lifted after the May holidays, but only if people comply with the government’s rules.

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“If we don’t start to violate them, we can hope that a number of the restrictions can be lifted,” she said.

As of Monday morning, Russia is in 7th place in terms of the number of infected citizens, with 145,268 confirmed cases. The recent rapid increase in figures is mainly due to an extensive screening programme, meaning that over 4.3 million tests have been conducted since the start of the epidemic. Per capita, Russia has tested far more people than most other countries, including the USA, United Kingdom and France. So far, in Russia, 1,356 people have died of Covid-19.

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