Putin’s spokesman with viruses, Russia is second country with more cases

(Bloomberg) – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman became the country’s last top official to catch the deadly disease, while Russia already surpasses Spain as the country with the second-highest number of coronavirus infections. of the world.

Dmitry Peskov told Interfax on Tuesday that he is receiving treatment for the virus. Peskov joins Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and the country’s construction and culture ministers diagnosed with COVID-19. The spokesman, traditionally the official with the closest daily access to Putin, said in a text message that he last met the president in person more than a month ago. Putin has been handling government affairs mainly through videoconferences from his residence on the outskirts of Moscow.

Putin announced Monday the end of confinement measures for the country, but this provision is unlikely to provide a quick boost to companies in the capital and other major cities.

In Moscow, business leaders see little chance of escaping the restrictions that have affected their activities. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said last week that the measures should remain in effect until at least May 31 because the pathogen is still spreading; Putin’s decision shifts responsibility to deciding the pace of the end of the restrictions to regional leaders, protecting him from possible criticism from those who maintain them.

Despite the confinement, Russia has reported at least 10,000 new daily infections in the last 10 days, for a total of 232,243 cases, surpassed only by the United States. At the same time, Russia has one of the lowest COVID-19-related death rates in the world, at just 2,116 cases, leading critics to say the government is not releasing all the data.

Original Note: Putin’s Spokesman Gets Virus as Russia Rises to No. 2 (Correct)

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