Russian President Vladimir Putin made a less positive comment on the situation in Russia. This shows a change in the way the Kremlin sees the disease situation.
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin made the most pessimistic comments about how Russia handled the pandemic, according to the New York Times.
Putin also warned officials on April 13 that the number of seriously ill patients was increasing and health workers were facing a shortage of protective gear.
“We have a lot of problems. We also have nothing to brag about and there is certainly no reason to be wary, ”Putin told senior officials at a video-conference meeting broadcast from his home. “We have not passed the epidemic peak, even in Moscow.”
As of April 13, Russia recorded 18,328 cases of Covid-19, double the number of the previous five days. About two-thirds of infections have been detected in Moscow. The death toll standing across Russia is 148 cases.
Moscow’s health system is under pressure. State television reported a series of ambulances must line up to take suspected Covid-19 patients into hospitals. The government in the city of 13 million people has tightened restrictions and residents have to apply online to get permission to leave home.
Putin’s grave tone on April 13 shows a drastic change in the way Russia sees the crisis. Hope Russia can escape from being severely affected by the pandemic has gradually dissipated.
During the meeting, Putin also instructed officials to overcome the shortage of protective gear and share breathing apparatus and drugs throughout Russia to meet the different needs of each place.
“All situations on how the disease develops must be considered, including the most difficult and unusual,” Putin said.