Putin orders to keep cargo and passenger service between Russia’s regions running

Putin orders to keep cargo and passenger service between Russia’s regions running

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to keep cargo and transport service between regions running, adding that shutting it down might have destructive consequences, TASS reported.

"We cannot stop the economy, close transport, cargo and passenger service between regions, shut down companies en masse, regardless of the actual situation, even if there are just several infection cases in the entire region. We must understand what damage, what destructive consequences this might cause," the president said during a video link-up with the heads of regions on measures to fight the coronavirus Wednesday.

The head of state noted that even Moscow, with its population density and concentration of transport flows — and, therefore, bigger risk of infection spread — does not implement blanket shutdown of companies.

"Many Moscow companies continue to work or have switched to remote mode," the president said.

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