Russia’s fight against coronavirus not ideal, but everything possible is done to save human lives - deputy PM

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said on Saturday that the country’s efforts against the spread of coronavirus are not perfect, but everything possible is done to save human lives. Tass reported.

According to the Deputy PM, "We should not estimate the situation by the number of cases."  "Even if the cases will grow, it means we have started to detect and test them better," she added.

"The priority now is to prevent deaths, to fight for any human life, to let our doctors work and to do our best for the health system to be prepared."

"I cannot tell you that all that is ideal, as it would be wrong, but I want to say that everybody is doing their best. They are doing their utmost to save human lives," she stressed.

In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. To date, more than 1,000,000 people have been infected worldwide and over 60,000 deaths have been reported. That said, over 213,000 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.

So far, a total of 4,731 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 333 patients having recovered from the virus. Moscow handles the bulk of the cases (3,357). The country’s latest data indicates 43 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.

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