Exclusive interview with mayor of Moscow: about medical aid, tests and return to normal life

Deputy mayor of Moscow on issues of social development Anastasia Rakova gave an exclusive interview to TV channel “Russia 24”. She said that the situation with coronavirus in the capital in the last two weeks “has sustained the momentum for improvement.” The epidemic was avoided in January, February and March, said Rakova. This was made possible thanks to the measures taken at the municipal and Federal level.

Moscow was able to “avoid a humanitarian catastrophe and not to slide into collapse,” said the Deputy mayor. Thanks to the measures taken managed to win the time — the health care system prepared to address the epidemic — both technically and psychologically.

Rakova said that a decrease in the number of hospitalizations in comparison with the peak, proshedshimi in April, it fell twice. The number of statements increases.

Growing volumes of testing for coronavirus COVID-19: currently up to 50 thousand tests per day. The number of new patients identified coronavirus infections are also steadily declining. “We reduced the amount of new cases almost doubled — from six to three thousand,” — said Anastasia Rakova. All of this suggests a positive trend, that the situation is clearly improving.

Two weeks ago were open to construction and industrial enterprises, reminded the Deputy mayor. And it did not worsen the situation. The capital came to a new stage of easing of restrictions: Sergei Sobyanin signed a decree on the resumption from 25 may 88 the work of the MFC. My interview with Anastasia Rakova did one of the Metropolitan centres “My documents”, which she inspected together with the chief sanitary doctor. All centres will work on the new standard, ensuring the safety during the epidemic. For example, go to the MFC will be by appointment only, and at the entrance visitors will measure the temperature. Part of the services provided by these centres it is still possible to only in electronic form.

Designed by safety standard can then be extended to other enterprises. Depending on what will be the epidemiological situation after the opening of MFC, you can make further decisions about the easing of restrictions and the opening of other service industries — for example, hairdressers and beauty salons. These branches will work under the new rules. Mass events will be allowed in the least, said Rakova.

In the period of the spread of coronavirus infection medical institutions are experiencing an increase in the load — this includes hospitals of all countries affected by the pandemic. Speaking about the capital’s health, Rakova said that at the start of the epidemic, it was decided that 12 diverse medical institutions are evenly distributed throughout the metropolis, will not get re to work with COVID-19. During the period from March to the present time — they took people to other diseases in the first place — emergency patients. Provision of routine cancer care also did not stop. In April 2020 it got 3 thousand of Muscovites more than last year, said Rakova. She also stressed that today in front of the capital health system objective is to gradually increase the volume of planned medical care. Urban hospitals have learned to live in the conditions of the coronavirus, he noted. They understand how to minimize the risk of infection of staff and patients.

Muscovites have adapted to life in the context of the epidemic. “I hope that the new culture of social responsibility not only for themselves but also for others, including the compulsory wearing of masks and gloves, will allow us to quickly return to a normal lifestyle,” said Anastasia Rakova.