(Moscow) Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday welcomed the low mortality officially caused by the coronavirus pandemic in Russia, assuring that his country had done much better in this area than other European countries.
“Overall, we have managed to turn this difficult page with minimal losses,” he said during a meeting with workers at a shipyard in Kerch on the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014.
“In countries with a well-developed health system, rich countries in Europe, the death rate is 8, 10, 11, 13, in some countries 15%. We have 1.5%, ”he stressed.
Russia, the fourth world country in number of contaminations after the United States, Brazil and India, has officially recorded 777,486 cases of coronavirus to date, including 12,427 deaths.
While some suspect manipulations, the authorities assure that this low number of deaths is the result of a massive screening policy and strong measures taken from the start of the epidemic.
Vladimir Poutine, who did not wear masks like his interlocutors during this meeting, estimated that the “level of training” of Russian doctors and “the country’s ability to mobilize its resources at the right time” had allowed these good results.
The Russian president also welcomed the fact that recent public events, such as the military parade organized on June 24 followed by a week of voting within the framework of the constitutional reform promoted by the Kremlin, had not caused an increase in contamination. .
“The threat is still there”, he stressed, however, while the number of new daily cases remains high. Russia officially registered 5,940 new cases on Monday, dropping below 6,000 cases for the first time since the end of April.
Mr. Putin has also announced the cancellation of the “immortal regiment”, a parade bringing together hundreds of thousands of Russians in the streets each year carrying portraits of their ancestors who took part in the Second World War. Scheduled for May 9 and postponed, it should have been held on July 26.