President Putin calls on Russian officials ‘to be ready for any scenario’ due to spread of COVID-19

President Vladimir Putin of Russian has called on Russian officials to be ready for any scenario due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. According to Tass' report on Thursday.

Acting Governor of Sevastopol Mikhail Razvozhaev informed the president that 77 people had been placed under medical supervision in Sevastopol, and eight had been taken to hospital on suspicion of the novel coronavirus.

 "So far, there are no confirmed cases, but we are checking just in case," Razvozhaev said.

"We need to be ready for any scenario, so you’re doing the right thing," Putin responded.

There are 147 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Russia as of March 18. Globally, over 210,000 people have been infected with the virus and about 8,600 have died.

On March 11, World Health Organisation officially declared the situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic. The disease has spread to over 140 countries since it was first announced in late December 2019 when Chinese authorities notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about an outbreak of a SARS-like Virus in the city of Wuhan, central China. 

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