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Russia locks down 145m citizens to stem the spread of coronavirus

by LLB Reporter
27th Mar 20 12:23 pm

Russia has told all citizens to stay at home and has locked down 145m people. The Russian government have ordered state run hotels, resorts and recreational facilities to all close from 28 March until 1 June.

The confirmed number of coronavirus cases across Russia has reached 1,036 cases with four deaths, and 45 people have recovered, according to the John Hopkins University.

On Friday Russia recorded 196 new cases and one person died in the last 24 hours bringing the total to four.

President Vladimir Putin has declared next week a non-working week, and all cafes, restaurants and bars will close this weekend until 5 April. Shops that sells food and medicine will remain open.

Moscow remains the epicentre in Russia and the Mayor has told Putin the real scale in the capital far exceeds Russia’s official figures.

Reports have suggested that five members of staff could have tested positive, including two employees in the presidential administration.

The tightly lipped Soviet empire has refuted these claims. The Kremlin said no-one has coronavirus within Putin’s administration.

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman said the President’s office are taking all necessary measures to prevent any spread across the administration.

Meanwhile, a Soviet-era Top Secret biological weapons research laboratory is currently testing 13 potential coronavirus vaccines on animals.

Scientists at the leading Cold War bio lab are aiming to have two vaccines for the deadly coronavirus ready for production by June.

The Russian scientists are testing on ferrets and lower primates. Russia has reported just 253 cases and samples from all coronavirus cases are being analysed at the Vector State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology near Novosibirsk in Siberia.

The deputy head scientist at Vector, Yelena Gavrilova said, “Immediately after we got our hands on the living virus, we conducted studies on getting sensitive lab models, which turned out to be ferrets and lower primates.

“Now that we have vaccine prototypes, we test them on the lab animals.”

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