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Russia to begin easing Covid-19 lockdown on Tuesday

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President Vladimir Putin said that Russia would start gradually easing coronavirus-related lockdown measures from Tuesday, but that individual regions would need to tailor their approach to varying local conditions.


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"Starting from tomorrow, May 12, the national period of non-working days will be over for all sectors of the economy," Putin said.

The president's announcement comes after Russia registered a record number of daily cases Monday, with more than 11,000 people testing positive over the last 24 hours.

Health officials have recorded a total of 221,344 coronavirus infections and 2009 deaths.

Putin said that Russia had used the self-isolation period to prepare its healthcare system, increasing the amount of hospital beds and saving "many thousands of lives."

This "allows us to begin a gradual lifting of restrictions", he said.

"It is in the interest of all of us for the economy to return to normal quickly."

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