Even Putin, who finds himself in self-quarantine, understands he needs his country to self-quarantine to prevent millions of citizens from getting ill or dying during this coronavirus pandemic.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has issued a national wide order to Russians in non-essential jobs to shelter in place and not to go into their jobs until the end of April to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Putin issued the national order via televised address to his nation on Thursday. Putin said he was extending the stay at home and shutdown of non-essential business policy he ordered earlier this week to remain in force throughout April.
He said there are exceptions for essential industries that will keep operating, and grocery stores and pharmacies to remain open, much like most country’s besieged by the pandemic.
Putin emphasized that regional authorities are to decide which businesses and industries should keep working in their localities.
Like Trump’s health experts in the White House, Putin said Russia’s virus-prevention strategies hadbought time to help slow down the coronavirus outbreak. His decision lengthen the curve but soberly warned that the number of coronavirus infections and the resulting COVID-19 disease cases has not yet peaked.
Russia, with a population of 161.5 million people, has reported 3,540 cases and 30 virus-related deaths as of Thursday, according to a Johns Hopkins University track. Still, many health experts are questioning how accurate those numbers are, given Russia’s vast size and shared borders with China and Europe.
Putin said that along with protecting the public’s health, he considers it extremely important to protect people’s incomes and address the explosive spike in unemployment that will result. Here in the United States, another 6 million people have applied for unemployment following last week’s 3 million applications. To help the Russian people, Putin assured them they would continue receiving their regular pay during the non-working period.