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18 June 202014:19

Extract from the briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, June 18, 2020

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Update on the coronavirus


Last week, the total number of infected people with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the world exceeded 8 million. Despite a certain decline in the growth rates of coronavirus cases and a trend towards a decrease in the mortality rate, there were no optimistic signs of a downturn in the global epidemiological situation. Alarming statistics came from Latin America and Asia. In some cases, experts started talking seriously about the start of a second wave of the pandemic.

Proceeding with the easing of epidemiological restrictions, the Eurozone countries announced a decision to start relaxing regulations on travel inside the Schengen zone on June 15 and open external borders on July 1. I would like to emphasise again that these are only tentative decisions for now. Considering the steps by our European partners on restoring freedom of movement, we hope our neighbours will not relax their attention to effectively countering the coronavirus infection. The World Health Organisation continues to warn against excessive haste in easing quarantine restrictions.

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