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    Coronavirus Puts Nations on Lockdown (264)

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin told the members of the Security Council on Friday that the introduction of quarantine measures until May was necessary to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country.

    "You know that in accordance with my decree, special measures have been extended until the end of April, quarantine measures are being carried out. It is necessary to contain the spread of coronavirus infection. That’s what experts say," he said during the council's meeting, which was conducted in a video conference mode.

    The president added that the authorities would listen carefully to expert opinion.

    "We will build all the work on this basis, ensuring the main priorities — the life and health of Russian citizens," he said.

    As of Friday, Russia confirmed a total of 4,149 coronavirus cases, including 34 fatalities, while Moscow’s case count was updated by 448 to 2,923.

    On Thursday, the president said in a televised national address that the current non-working week for citizens would be prolonged until the end of April.

    Coronavirus Puts Nations on Lockdown (264)
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