Russia has chances to avoid tough restrictions over coronavirus, says watchdog chief

Russia has chances to avoid tough restrictions over coronavirus, says watchdog chief

Russia has a possibility to avoid a tough scenario with restrictions over coronavirus, although restrictions are being tightened to reduce pressure on the healthcare system, chief sanitary doctor Anna Popova said on Thursday, TASS reports.

"An excessive pressure on the healthcare system will certainly lead to tough restrictive measures. This is inevitable, and this must be understood. However, today the country has a possibility to avoid a tough scenario," Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing Anna Popova told Rossiya-24 television on Thursday.

In order to avoid this, people should abide by the anti-epidemic rules and get vaccinated, she noted.

According to the national anti-coronavirus crisis center, a total of 5,388,695 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia so far, with 4,915,615 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 131,463 fatalities nationwide. The Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.

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