Putin admits PPE shortage, extends Russia’s lockdown

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has admitted that despite the big increase in production and imports, there is a shortage of protective kit for medics, as the country battles the coronavirus.

“Despite increased production, imports – there’s a deficit of all sorts of things”, he said.

Russia’s lockdown was extended until 11 May. Putin warned that the peak of the coronavirus infection rate had not yet been reached.

The country has more than 93,000 coronavirus cases, and 867 recorded deaths. Medics have complained about working without proper protective clothing.

Putin said that Russia is producing 100,000 protective suits for medics per day, up from 3,000 a day in March. He warned however, that people have to self-isolate for longer: “The deadly danger of the virus remains”, he said.

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