Putin declares paid week-long holiday in attempt to curb COVID cases
Russian Federation, Novo-Ogaryovo – Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a paid week-long holiday between October 30 and November 7 in an attempt to curb rising cases of COVID-19, during a ministerial meeting conducted via video link from Novo-Ogaryovo. The request was presented by the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Tatiana Golikova, who also suggested that the measure should be introduced earlier in certain regions. “We should not have the kind of situation that we see in some European countries with great regret and dismay when people cannot get to the hospital for hours and days sometimes, they are kept on ventilators even in ambulances. Some people do not make it to the hospital,” cautioned Putin. According to the latest data compiled by the World Health Organization, Russia saw a total of just over 34,000 new daily cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. “The heads of regions have the right – we agreed on this from the very beginning, when we first started to fight the epidemic – to set additional measures,” said Putin. “In this case it is possible to additionally set up a holiday without waiting for 30 October, i.e. before the country-wide holiday period – as Tatiana (Tatiana Golkova) just said, I support what she proposed – or, if necessary, to extend the holiday period beyond November 7,” added Putin. To-date, Russia has seen a total of over 8 million cases of COVID-19, with over 226,000 related deaths.