At a meeting with the government on the coronavirus pandemic, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the date when a new outbreak of the disease caused by the Omicron strain will occur in the country.
The head of state noted that Russia is in a very difficult situation on the eve of possible new outbreaks. He drew attention to the fact that there are already over millions of cases in the United States.
“Russia is expected to have a couple of weeks to prepare for another pandemic strike,” Putin said.
The head of state urged to intensify the vaccination of the population. “Sputnik-V works quite effectively against the coronavirus, possibly better than other vaccines,” he added.
After that, Putin instructed the government to prepare for a new wave of disease.
At the same time, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said that 698 cases of the Omicron coronavirus strain have already been identified in Russia. According to her, the capital region will be the first to hit by Omicron.