Russia is building SIXTEEN new coronavirus hospitals


The Russian army is rush-building 16 emergency coronavirus hospitals amid warnings of an ‘explosion’ of cases in the country.

Three thousand troops are working ‘around the clock’ to build the hospitals, which will be able to hold 1,600 patients when finished.

Russia has just 840 confirmed cases of coronavirus, but there are signs the infection rate is starting to spike as has been seen in other badly-affected places like Italy.

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu has announced that the country is building 16 new coronavirus hospitals, with 3,000 soldiers working around the clock to finish them

The hospitals will be built in addition to a new £93million specialist hospital in Moscow (pictured), and will be finished between mid-April and mid-May

The hospitals will be built in addition to a new £93million specialist hospital in Moscow (pictured), and will be finished between mid-April and mid-May

Russia has 840 cases of coronavirus, but that increased by a record 182 on Thursday amid fears the disease is starting to spike as it has in other badly-hit countries

Russia has 840 cases of coronavirus, but that increased by a record 182 on Thursday amid fears the disease is starting to spike as it has in other badly-hit countries

Meanwhile Moscow has announced that cafes, shops, parks and other non-essential services will shut for a week starting Saturday in an ‘unprecedented’ move to slow the spread of the virus.

President Putin has already enforced a week of holiday on Russians between March 28 and April 5 and told them to stay at home to help flatten the curve of infection.

Announcing the construction of new hospitals on Thursday, defence minister Sergei Shoigu said that half will be ready by mid-April and the other half by May 15.

The total being spent on the project is £94million, which includes a specialist £93million hospital in Moscow.

Additional ‘modular’ military hospitals are being built in Kaliningrad, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Odintsovo, Podolsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Smolensk, Pushkin, Rostov-on-Don, Sevastopol, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Orenburg, Ulan-Ude, Ussuriysk, and Khabarovsk. 

‘We started the construction on March 20,’ Shoigu announced at a government meeting in Moscow.

‘At present 3,000 people are employed with 750 units of equipment. Work is carried out around the clock.’ 

Russians have already been ordered to take next week off work and stay at home in order to slow the spread of coronavirus (pictured, a testing lab in Moscow)

Russians have already been ordered to take next week off work and stay at home in order to slow the spread of coronavirus (pictured, a testing lab in Moscow)

Russia has been using facial recognition software to track people violating self-quarantine measures, but is now looking to go a step further by telling everyone to stay at home

Russia has been using facial recognition software to track people violating self-quarantine measures, but is now looking to go a step further by telling everyone to stay at home

Moscow's mayor has announced that, in addition to sending everyone home from work, all bars, cafes, parks and most other businesses in the city will shut next week

Moscow’s mayor has announced that, in addition to sending everyone home from work, all bars, cafes, parks and most other businesses in the city will shut next week

The move came as epidemiologist Professor Nikolay Malyshev warned numbers infected with coronavirus are expected to soar.

‘We are now preparing for explosive development, like a nuclear chain reaction,’ he warned.

Similar concerns led to Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin shutting down large parts of the city until the end of next week.

Sobyanin had already ordered Muscovites aged over 65 to stay home starting Thursday, but stopped short of ordering a strict quarantine.

The closures announced Thursday ‘are not a holiday, it is a serious measure to prevent COVID-19,’ the mayor said in a statement on his website.

All cafes and restaurants must stop admitting customers and may only deliver food or prepare orders to go, according to the decree.

The 16 new hospitals will be built in addition to a £93million specialist hospital in Moscow (pictured, Putin visits a coronavirus ward at a Moscow hospital)

The 16 new hospitals will be built in addition to a £93million specialist hospital in Moscow (pictured, Putin visits a coronavirus ward at a Moscow hospital)

Stores selling non-essential items must close, as well as beauty salons and spas. Moscow’s parks will also shut.

The mayor first hinted at the new measures in a televised interview Wednesday evening, saying ‘there will be nothing to do in Moscow’ next week.

‘The restrictions ordered today are unprecedented in Moscow’s modern history and will create many inconveniences,’ Sobyanin said in his message Thursday.

‘But trust me, they are absolutely necessary to slow the spread of the coronavirus infection and decrease the number of the ill,’ he said, also asking Russians from other regions to put off travel to the capital.

Moscow registered two coronavirus-linked deaths on Wednesday, the first nationally. A total of 840 cases have been recorded nationwide, according to official statistics on Thursday.

Hygiene workers sanitize the stairwell and mailboxes of an apartment building in the city of Kazan amid Russia's coronavirus outbreak

Hygiene workers sanitize the stairwell and mailboxes of an apartment building in the city of Kazan amid Russia’s coronavirus outbreak

 

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