Gloomy meeting between Russian president and leading officials in an effort to prevent the coronavirus pandemic took place on Monday.
Less than a month ago, Putin was very confident and reassured people that the epidemic was under control thanks to the government’s early intervention. A few weeks later, Putin played the role of international rescuer, dispatching a planeload of medical supplies to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.
However, during his second videoconference, Putin had a worse situation. “We have a lot of problems,” Putin said. “There is nothing to boast about, and we must not let our guard down, because in general, as you and your specialists say, we have not passed the peak of the epidemic yet.”
Compared with the United States and European countries, Russia has fewer cases of infection. However, in the last two days, Russia has recorded a record increase, specifically on Monday there are 2,558 cases and on Tuesday, Russia reached a new record: 2,774 confirmed cases.
And Putin is coming in for serious criticism over his handling of the crisis. This caused Putin to lose connection with his people
“One of the main topics today is why Putin is almost imperceptible in the coronavirus situation,” she wrote. “He only addressed the nation briefly twice and went to the [coronavirus] hospital in Kommunarka, but he neither gave his own assessments of the crisis nor proposed a plan of action, but limited himself to scattered measures and general words. No drama, empathy or attempts to mobilize.”
Currently, Russia has 21,102 cases and 170 deaths.
Sobyanin has taken the lead in enforcing lockdown measures, including the introduction of a controversial digital tracking system designed to keep residents indoors.
A recent outbreak in China has also underscored the severity of the situation in Russia. Health authorities in Shanghai recently reported a surge in imported cases, tracing dozens of cases to a single flight that arrived in Shanghai from Moscow on April 10. Chinese authorities are also fighting an outbreak in city of Suifenhe, on the border with Russia’s Far East, a wave of cases attributed in large part to Chinese nationals returning from Russia.
The spike in cases imported to China from Russia has raised a larger question: The reliability of Russian official statistics.
1.4 million tests for Covid-19 have been carried out. Moscow doctors have recently started to diagnose positive patients based on lung scans because of questions about the accuracy of tests.
The Kremlin is still planning for an important date: the May 9 Victory Day parade, a major celebration to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.
The Kremlin says plans are still underway to hold the event, which centers around an impressive display of military hardware rumbling through Red Square. Officials are reviewing plans amid coronavirus. However, Putin’s anti-coronvirus campaign is in trouble.