Moscow | Russian president Vladimir Putin hailed Monday the low death officially caused by the pandemic coronavirus in Russia, ensuring that his country had in this area is much better than the other european countries.
“Overall, we have managed to turn this page difficult with a minimum of casualties”, he said during a meeting with workers at a shipyard in Kerch on the peninsula of Ukrainian Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014.
“In countries with a health system well-developed, the rich countries of Europe, the mortality rate is 8, 10, 11, 13, in some countries 15%. We have 1.5%”, he stressed.
Russia, the fourth country in the world by number of infections after the United States, Brazil and India, has been officially identified to this day 777 486 cases of coronavirus, of which 12 427 deaths.
If some suspect of manipulations, the authorities ensure that this low number of deaths is the result of a policy of screening massive and strong measures taken since the beginning of the epidemic.
Vladimir Putin, who bore as his interlocutors not of masks during this meeting, felt that the “level of education” of Russian doctors and “the country’s ability to mobilise its resources at the right time” had enabled these good results.
The Russian president also welcomed recent public events, such as the military parade organized on June 24, followed by a week of voting in the framework of the constitutional reform promoted by the Kremlin, did not lead to higher contamination.
“The threat is still there”, he pointed out, however, while the number of new cases daily is still high. On Monday, Russia has officially registered 5940 new cases, passing under the bar of the 6,000 cases for the first time since the end of April.
Mr. Putin has also announced the cancellation of the “regiment immortal,” parade gathering each year in the streets hundreds of thousands of Russians bearing portraits of their ancestors who participated in the Second world War. Scheduled for 9 may and delayed, it should have been held on the 26th of July.