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Putin: extraordinary measures are needed to fight the virus
Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that extraordinary measures must be taken to stop the spread of coronavirus. He stated this during a working meeting online of members of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.
According to Putin, a pandemic has a negative impact on all aspects of life in almost the entire world. It affects the economy, social sphere, reduces the mobility of the population, complicates the trade in goods and services, and the global financial and commodity markets are subject to volatility.
“The burden on the healthcare system is growing significantly, really extraordinary measures are needed to stop the spread of infection,” said Vladimir Putin.
He said that the methods to combat the pandemic should be reasonable and proportionate, not lead to a halt in international trade, and the cessation of mutual investment. To improve the situation, the President of Russia proposed to intensify the digitalization process in the field of logistics, customs and tax procedures.
Putin suggested that the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council think about reducing or zeroing customs duties on components and materials for economically and socially significant industries. He also proposed supporting industrial production and the sectors of the economy that were most affected by the epidemic: air transportation, tourism, the hotel business, entertainment and leisure, catering, culture and sports.
The peak incidence rate in Russia has not yet been passed, but the country continues to help other countries. According to the president, this practice will continue further - Russia will share experience, exchange operational information, including on the development of drugs for coronavirus.
Now in Russia, the coronavirus has been confirmed in 21 people in 102 regions. The number of COVID-82 cases worldwide has reached 19.