Putin prolongs non-working week until April 30 as part of Russia's COVID-19 response

Putin prolongs non-working week until April 30 as part of Russia's COVID-19 response
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Russia's week-long holiday for non-essential workers will be extended until April 30, President Vladimir Putin announced Thursday, APA reports citing Sputnik.

In a televised address to the nation, the president thanked doctors and volunteers for their efforts in battling the new coronavirus outbreak, and thanked ordinary Russians for their 'responsible approach' in following instructions aimed at curbing the virus's spread.

Putin stressed that the measures taken have helped to slow COVID-19's spread, with the week-long holiday and self-isolation measures giving doctors valuable time.

Pointing to the need for a 'differentiated approach' to coronavirus-related restrictions on freedom of movement, Putin noted that the powers of regional authorities would be expanded, depending on local needs.

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