Putin to be reported on measures against coronavirus

Putin to be reported on measures against coronavirus

Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling senior officials to a meeting today to discuss "what is being done to prevent the spread of coronavirus" in the country, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Putin will hold talks with Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko and the head of the Rospotrebnadzor public health watchdog, Anna Popova, on actions taken by ministries and state agencies, Peskov said. 

"The government is working very actively" on preventative measures, he added.

According to the latest data, the total number of pneumonia cases caused by a novel coronavirus has reached 6,012, and the death toll has hit 132. The new strain of coronavirus has already been identified in almost all Chinese provinces including Beijing and Shanghai as well as in other countries such as Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Canada, Malaysia, Nepal, South Korea, Singapore, the United States, Thailand, France, Germany, Sri Lanka and Japan.

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