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Vladimir Putin Says Russia “Passed” COVID-19 Peak, Orders World War II Parade In June

President Vladimir Putin was compelled to announce delay in parade in mid-April as virus infections surged


President Vladimir Putin stated Tuesday that Russia has handed its peak of coronavirus infections and ordered a World War II victory parade postponed by the pandemic to be held subsequent month.

The postponement of the May 9 Victory Day parade had been an enormous blow to Putin, who had hoped to assemble world leaders to observe troops march on Red Square to have fun 75 years for the reason that defeat of Nazi Germany.

But with the variety of new coronavirus circumstances declining steadily in Russia, Putin instructed Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to reschedule the parade for June 24.

“According to experts, the peak can be considered passed,” Putin instructed Shoigu in a televised video link-up.

“We will do it on June 24, the day the legendary historic victors’ parade took place in 1945,” Putin stated, referring to the primary victory parade in Red Square after Germany’s give up to Soviet commanders on May 9.

With leaders together with China’s Xi Jinping and Emmanuel Macron of France set to attend, this 12 months’s parade had been meant as a significant showcase of Russia’s return to the world stage.

Putin was compelled to announce its delay in mid-April as coronavirus infections surged and officers ordered lockdowns throughout the nation.

After peaking in mid-May at greater than 11,000 new circumstances per day, the variety of day by day infections has dropped under 9,000.

On Tuesday, the nation recorded its highest day by day demise toll of 174 — a quantity nonetheless far decrease than in international locations with comparable charges of infections — and stated a document 12,000 individuals had recovered from the coronavirus up to now 24 hours.

Russia has the third-highest variety of circumstances after the United States and Brazil, which officers say is due largely to an enormous testing marketing campaign.

Authorities have been easing lockdowns regardless of the excessive variety of infections, although robust restrictions stay in place in hard-hit Moscow till a minimum of May 31.

Strict security measures

Putin stated “strict safety measures” would should be put in place for the parade.

“The risks for all participants should be minimised, or even better, eliminated,” he stated.

Another well-liked occasion normally held on May 9 — the Immortal Regiment processions that see Russians throughout the nation carry portraits of relations who died in World War II — shall be held on July 26, Putin stated.

Russian naval bases will even maintain conventional naval parades that day, he stated.

Putin has made clear in current days that he believes Russia has overcome the worst of the pandemic.

On Monday, he made a uncommon current look for a gathering within the Kremlin, after working remotely from his Novo-Ogaryovo residence outdoors Moscow for the previous few weeks.

The pandemic derailed Putin’s plans for a triumphant spring, with not solely the parade postponed but in addition an April vote on constitutional reforms that will have paved the way in which for the longtime chief to doubtlessly keep in energy till 2036.

Officials have stated they nonetheless hope the vote could be held this 12 months however have but to announce a date.

The authorities’s dealing with of the disaster has come underneath hearth, with critics saying Putin initially appeared disinterested in coping with the pandemic.

One survey by unbiased pollster Levada confirmed Putin’s approval score falling to a historic low of 59 p.c in April.

In current weeks he has taken a extra direct method, berating officers for not offering sufficient protecting gear or promising bonuses to medical employees.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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