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Putin announces national week off in Russia

Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 25, 2020
Russian President Vladimor Putin announced Wednesday a national week off to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Vladimir Putin
President   Vladimir Putin
"Now it is extremely important to prevent the threat of the rapid spread of the disease. Therefore, I declare next week non-working with the preservation of wages. The weekend will run from Saturday 28 March to Sunday 5 April,” Putin said in an address on national television.

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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.