Russian health ministry: pandemic may begin to recede after February-March

Russian health ministry: pandemic may begin to recede after February-March

The coronavirus epidemic may begin to recede after February or March, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Friday.

"We are doing our best today. I think February and March will be a turning point and the pandemic will begin to recede," he said.

According to the minister, there are enough hospital beds for coronavirus patients in the country. "Today, we have a sufficient stock of hospital beds. So, it is better to waste no time to take patients, especially those older than 80, to hospital. It is better to hospitalize such patients preventively, not waiting for any complications, to save their lives and health," TASS cited him as saying.

He promised that 2.7 billion rubles ($35.58 million) will be allocated to Russian regions within a week to buy medicines for coronavirus patients.

To date, 3,813,048 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 3,255,462 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 72,185 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.

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