Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin made an annual report to the State Duma on the work of the government in which he discussed the coronavirus, support for citizens and businesses in the pandemic, the restoration of the labor market, the development of healthcare, science and education, and others, Russian state media reports.
Speaking about the COVID-19 pandemic, Mishustin noted that over the year, the country’s authorities increased assistance to the healthcare system, and created additional places for patients in hospitals. In addition, more than 40 infectious diseases hospitals were built, and the number of equipped beds increased more than fivefold.
Now, according to the Prime Minister, the situation with the coronavirus in Russia is improving, but it is too early to talk about a full recovery.
“This year should be a turning point in the victory over the infection. This is our common responsibility and joint work that does not stop for a minute,” he said.
Now, as Mishustin noted, more than 24 million Russians have already gone through different stages of vaccination against COVID-19. However, for the formation of herd immunity by the end of the year, people need to be more actively vaccinated.
“As a person who himself suffered this disease, I would like to recommend once again to everyone to get vaccinated. First of all, to the older generation, which is especially vulnerable to the coronavirus,” he recalled.