08:34 GMT29 March 2020
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    Earlier, Mr Putin paid a visit to a hospital in Moscow where patients with suspected and confirmed Covid-19 infection are being treated.

    President Vladimir Putin addresses Russians on the current coronavirus situation in the country.

    On Tuesday, Putin visited a Moscow hospital for coronavirus patients in the Kommunarka district. He was given protective plastic boots and gloves as well as a respiratory mask to meet with patients and doctors. 

    As of 25 March, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Russia stands at 658, with no fatalities.

    Globally, the number of confirmed cases is 375,498, with 16,362 deaths, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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