Lifting some of the restrictions introduced to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus does not lead to an increase in cases of COVID-19, a disease caused by the virus, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said during a government session on Thursday, APA reports citing TASS.
"We see that the lifting [of measures related to the pandemic in Russian regions] does not lead to a rise in new cases [of infection]," he said.
The PM noted that Russia is documenting a drop in new detected cases. He said that for the past two days, the number of daily new COVID-19 cases does not surpass 8,000, while the increase rate has slowed down in the past 24 hours, reaching 1.4%.
"We see that this trend remains on the territory of the Moscow area and practically in all Russian subjects, which gives us cause for a gradual, stage-by-stage exit from the restrictions regime in Russian regions," Mishustin added.
He reminded that 53 Russian regions had begun the first stage of lifting the restrictions, and eight have moved on to the second stage. The PM noted that this process is gradual.