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COVID-19: Putin Pays Additional Monthly Bonus $1,000 To Russian Doctors

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’s President, , says health care workers would receive additional bonus as the country continues to fight against the pandemic.

COVID-19: Putin Pays Additional Monthly Bonus $1,000 To Russian Doctors

Putin included the payments among several new measures to support Russians during the epidemic after health officials reported more than 1,000 new cases.

The president urged the public to be patient with lockdown restrictions to help slow the spread of the virus.

“For most people, to be inside four walls is dreary and miserable,” he acknowledged during a video call with regional governors.

“A breakthrough in battling the infection will depend on our discipline and responsibility.”

The country is realising how crucial the work of nurses and doctors is “for the first time in decades”, said Putin, promising 10 billion rubles ($132 million) for monthly bonuses to health care staff nationwide.

“Doctors treating coronavirus patients would receive an additional 80,000 rubles ($1,059) per month, while nurses, ambulance medics and drivers would get from 25,000 to 50,000 rubles.

“These specialists are on the front line,” said Putin, who also ordered an increase in the worker’s state insurance to a level afforded to members of the armed forces.

So far, Russia has recorded only 63 deaths however.

Putin also announced the allocation of funds for Russian regions to provide more hospital beds and medical equipment.

He said 33 billion rubles had been set aside for “specialised, fully equipped” beds in hospitals and infection wards. Another 13 billion rubles was allocated for equipment including ventilators and ambulances.

Putin said he hoped the additional capacity would not be needed but cautioned that “we must be ready to fight for the life of every person in every region.”

Adelowo Adegboyega
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