Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the introduction of non-working days in the country from October 30 to November 7 with the preservation of wages. He stated this during a meeting with members of the government, which is broadcast by the TV channel “360” on Youtube…
“It is especially important now to bring down the peak of the new wave of the epidemic,” he said.
The head of state also did not rule out that non-working days would have to be extended, and urged the regions, if necessary, to introduce them already from October 23.
Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova proposed to make non-working days from October 30 to November 7. At the same time, in her opinion, for some regions it is necessary to provide for a weekend from October 23. The vice-premier did not specify which subjects of the federation it was about.
Golikova was supported by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. According to him, previous experience has shown the effectiveness of such measures. In 2020, non-working days were already introduced in Russia with the preservation of wages. Initially, they were supposed to last from March 30 to April 5, but Putin extended them until April 30, and then – until May 11.
According to the head of the Ministry of Health Mikhail Murashko, the situation remains tense in Udmurtia, Bashkiria and Tatarstan, as well as in the Orenburg, Tyumen, Ivanovo regions and the Perm Territory.
According to the professor of virology, chief researcher of the Gamaleya center Anatoly Altstein, for the measure to work, citizens must observe distancing and masking, as well as be vaccinated. “If it turns into just a holiday and uncontrolled communication, this, of course, will not give any result,” he concluded.
Allergist-immunologist Vladimir Bolibok agrees with him. According to him, it is necessary to reduce the number of social contacts during non-working days, otherwise the situation with COVID-19 will be deplorable. “If, in addition to this, we do not introduce prohibitive measures on mass gatherings of people and on displacements, then this will lead to the fact that the picture will worsen,” Bolibok said.
According to the former chief sanitary doctor of Russia, Gennady Onishchenko, if the weather is good on the weekend, this could negatively affect the situation with COVID-19 and lead to an increase in the incidence. He also noted that the situation depends on the citizens themselves, who need to keep their distance, wear masks and get vaccinated.
Over the past day, a record 1,028 people have died in Russia. 1015 people died on October 19. Before that, 998 people died. The total number of reported deaths is 226,353.
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