Administrative liability for violation of quarantine rules to be tightened in Moscow
Administrative liability for violation of quarantine rules will be tightened in Russia, as was announced at a meeting of the Coordination Council under the Government of Russia to combat the spread of COVID-19. Sergei Sobyanin attended the meeting.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin instructed the Ministry of Communications to develop a system for tracking citizens who has contact with coronavirus patients. It will use the data about the geolocation of a particular person's mobile phone provided by mobile operators. The order must be executed by 27 March.
The system will notify citizens of the contact with a COVID-19 patient by sending text messages urging to self-isolate and provide contact details to the regional emergency response centres.
To date, 7,110 people who have come into contact with infected persons are under Rospotrebnadzor's supervision. In total, 163,259 tests for coronavirus have been taken.
Today, the Moscow Anti-Plague Centre and 15 regional Rospotrebnadzor organisations are entitled to test for COVID-19. Previously, only the Vektor Research Centre was authorised to take tests, as Anna Popova, Head of Rospotrebnadzor of Russia, reported at the meeting.
'We have improved the testing procedure. Today, people are tested for COVID-19 both at Vektor and the Moscow Anti-Plague Centre with a new modern reference centre for PCR-based diagnostics of coronavirus recently opened. Over the next week, we will expand this list to 15 Rospotrebnadzor's research facilities covering all regions. In other words, we are reducing the leverage for reference evaluation of the results obtained, including in the healthcare service,' she said.
According to Head of the Ministry of Healthcare Mikhail Murashko, five coronavirus test systems have been registered in Russia. Both public and private organisations will be entitled to take tests. Also, the number of beds in healthcare facilities will be doubled, if needed.
‘Extra beds will be provided at the regional and federal levels, if needed. We have 55,000 beds, but this number can be doubled, including protective equipment for population and medical staff. All hospitals are listed, beds are calculated, with their number doubled if needed by federal and regional healthcare facilities,' he said.
Mikhail Mishustin highlighted the efficient work of Moscow administration in combating the spread of infection and thanked healthcare workers.
'Also, I would like to say thank you to your colleagues and doctors for their dedication, which allowed us to arrange logistics and the accounting system in the shortest possible time (especially in Moscow, with the Moscow Department of Healthcare involved). This enabled us to provide conditions for proper testing and controlling the situation,' Prime Minister said.
On 5 March, Moscow was put on alert to prevent coronavirus spread. Sports, entertainment, public and other mass gathering events are prohibited until 10 April. Besides, exhibitions, cultural, sports and educational events with more than 50 participants are temporarily restricted.