Sergei Sobyanin: The COVID-19 spread is under control in Moscow

November 24, 2020

The situation with the spread of COVID-19 is under control in Moscow, and the city’s healthcare system is working without unnecessary strain, Sergei Sobyanin said at a presidium meeting of the Government Coordination Council on controlling the incidence of novel coronavirus infection in the Russian Federation.

The current minimal restrictions, which include remote education for secondary school and university students, remote work for some employees, and limits on the opening hours of restaurants and nightclubs, have produced a positive effect.

“The process has evened out over the past two weeks. The number of confirmed new cases increased by some 6 percent in the past week,” the Mayor said.

The incidence rate is lower than it was last spring, partly thanks to the changes in the methods used to combat the spread of the COVID-19 infection.

“In spring we saw the incidence soar to peak figures, after which we applied harsh quarantine measures, whereas this time we maintain the functioning of nearly all economic sectors and are otherwise balancing the system. This is why the coronavirus situation is different now,” Sergei Sobyanin said.

Some 5,000 hospital beds have been reserved for coronavirus patients in Moscow.

“Half of the total number of hospital beds in Moscow, which amounted to 17,000, are located in reserve hospitals. In other words, we have left untouched the main hospitals, which continue to steadily provide all kinds of routine and emergency care, even though the pressure on them has increased. Our ambulance service and outpatient clinics are working as usual,” Sergei Sobyanin noted.

He added that the coronavirus situation remained complicated in many other Russian regions, which called for extra care. The provision of free medications to the people is among the key priorities, the Moscow Mayor pointed out.

“It takes time to streamline the process and supply the necessary medications to the regions. It is a positive factor that the Government and the Industry Ministry are actively contributing to this. It is a crucial sphere, and our efforts in it largely determine the effectiveness of prehospital, outpatient care and hence the number of free hospital beds we will have,” Sobyanin pointed out.

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin praised the measures taken against the spread of COVID-19 in Moscow and called on the city authorities to provide assistance to the regions.

“I would like to point out the experience of Moscow, where system-wide and consistent efforts are being made to stem the spread of the coronavirus infection. Of course, these practices should be used more energetically in the regions,” Mikhail Mishustin noted.

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