Putin announced the end of paid leave
The Russian COVID-19 epidemic prevention official website shows that as of 10:35 local time on May 12, 10899 new cases of COVID-19 were added in Russia in the past 24 hours, with a total of 232243 diagnosed cases. Million. At present, Russia has the third highest number of diagnoses in the world.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on May 11 that all Russians will end their paid vacations from the 12th, and localities must create conditions for the resumption of economic activities if conditions permit. According to the China News Service, Putin said that if possible, enterprises engaged in basic economic activities should resume work on May 12. For enterprises that have not resumed work, employees' salaries should be paid.
Earlier, Russia extended the paid vacation date several times. On March 25, Putin issued a televised speech announcing a national holiday from March 28 to April 5 to prevent large-scale spread of COVID-19 in Russia. On April 2, Putin announced that the national holiday will be extended to April 30. It was announced on April 28 that the all-Russian paid holiday was extended to May 11.
It is understood that from the perspective of the prevention and control response to the outbreak, in the early stage of the outbreak, Russia was not slack. As early as January 27, Russia established the epidemic prevention headquarters. Since mid-to-late March, the epidemic situation in Russia has suddenly turned sharply. Anti-epidemic experts believe that Russia has not responded promptly in preventing the import of European epidemics. According to data released by the Russian Tourism Agency, a total of 160,000 Russians returned to Russia from 43 countries in mid-to-late March. 60% of confirmed cases in Russia are imported from abroad.
Russian expert Wang Xiaowei said in an interview with the media that although Russia had previously prohibited gathering activities of more than 5,000 people, the under 5,000 people were still held as usual, leaving room for the rapid spread of COVID-19. In addition, some people have insufficient awareness of epidemic prevention, and no isolation measures have been implemented, increasing the risk of infection.