Putin extends national paid leave to 11 May

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday extended the national paid leave introduced to contain the spread of COVID-19 to 11 May.

We are now facing a new, perhaps the most intense stage in the fight against the epidemic. The risks of getting infected have reached a climax.

The threat, the mortal danger of the virus persists, and this can affect everyone, Putin said in a televised address to the nation during his online meeting with the government and regional governors, Xinhua reported.

At the meeting, Putin ordered the government to prepare by 5 May a plan for gradual lifting of restrictions related to the pandemic from 12 May.

He also ordered the government to prepare a package of measures to support the economy. Non-working days were previously introduced from March 30 to April 30 and regional authorities stopped the work of most enterprises.

Currently, most regions have introduced self-isolation or other movement restrictions. People are only allowed to go out to receive medical care, travel to work, shop at the nearest store or pharmacy, or walk a pet.

Russia on Tuesday reported 6,411 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, with the total number rising to 93,558.