Putin announces national week off in RussiaChristian Fernsby ▼ | March 25, 2020
Russian President Vladimor Putin announced Wednesday a national week off to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
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He also said an April 22 vote on constitutional amendments will be postponed.
"You know how seriously I take this, but the absolute priority for us is the health, life and safety of people, so I think that the vote should be postponed to a later date. We will assess the situation in the regions and in the country, and only based on professional opinion, recommendations of doctors and specialists, we will make a decision on a new voting day," he said.
Authorities announced 163 new COVID-19 cases in Russia in the last 24 hours, bringing the figure to 658 across 55 regions.
Two deaths were reported Wednesday at a Moscow hospital.
"Two elderly patients with a positive test for coronavirus died in Moscow. Patients aged 88 and 73 were diagnosed during their lifetime. In addition, they were confirmed to have pneumonia and had comorbidities," a statement said. ■