In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Russia, President Vladimir Putin declared the following week – from March 30 to April 5 – a paid holiday for non-essential workers. The president also indefinitely postponed a nationwide vote on constitutional amendments, previously scheduled for April 22.
The address outlined several other emergency measures, such as the increase of unemployment benefits to 12 thousand roubles a month, and the automatic extension of all social benefits within the next six months.
All recipients of maternity capital will also be paid five thousand rubles a month per child, and Russians that suffered a 30% decrease in income as a result of the crisis will also be granted the right to defer consumer loans and mortgages.
Putin’s address follows the sharpest daily reported rise in coronavirus cases in Russia, which now total 658.