Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

Putin warns Russia's virus outbreak could get worse

  • News Desk

    Agence France-Presse

Moscow, Russia   /   Thu, July 30, 2020   /   09:20 am
Putin warns Russia's virus outbreak could get worse Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a video conference call with Mikhail Degtyarev, an LDPR party lawmaker, in Kerch, Crimea, on July 20, 2020. (Sputnik/AFP/Alexey Druzhinin )

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said the country's coronavirus outbreak had stabilized but warned the situation remained difficult and could easily deteriorate.   

Russia has registered the fourth-highest number of infections in the world and health officials on Wednesday reported a total of 828,990 cases and 13,673 fatalities.

Officials eased most virus restrictions in June ahead of a large military parade in Moscow and a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms that could extend Putin's rule. 

"The number of coronavirus infections in Russia gradually decreased in June and July," Putin said during a video conference with officials, adding that the number of new cases had halved since the peak in May.

Yet Putin cautioned that, "the situation remains difficult -- it could swing in any direction". 

The president called on Russians to observe the rules in place to prevent the spread of the virus to avoid any need to "re-impose restrictions, especially large-scale ones".

It was important that "kindergartens, colleges, and organizations can work safely, in the regular manner to which people are accustomed", he added.

Russia shuttered businesses and imposed a strict lockdown in March to slow the outbreak which centered around Moscow where around half the cases were reported.

Health officials on Wednesday reported 5,475 new cases in the country. 

A government tally during the peak of the epidemic in May reported more than 11,000 new cases.

Only India, Brazil and the worst-hit country, the United States, have recorded higher total numbers of infections than Russia.