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Working meeting with Kaliningrad Region Governor Anton Alikhanov

April 21, 2020, Novo-Ogaryovo, Moscow Region

The President met with Governor of Kaliningrad Region Anton Alikhanov via videoconference.

The President first asked Anton Alikhanov to report on measures to counteract the spread of the coronavirus infection in the region.

According to the Governor, 144 cases of the infection are confirmed as of today. Of these, one person is in serious condition and is on a ventilator. Forty-one people have been discharged. One person has died. A little more than a thousand people are under observation: these are people who returned to the region either from foreign trips or from other regions of Russia. Thirty-six people are under observation at an in-patient facility.

Exactly 707 beds have been created at four medical institutions, while the federal Health Ministry’s standard is 507, and 409 beds have oxygen supply. The region is focusing on the need to double this standard, so that even the sharpest peaks can be smoothed out and the healthcare system can cope with the number of patients.

The provision of medical equipment is at almost 90 percent, and of medical staff – at 82 percent. Funds have been received from the federal budget for additional payment benefits to medical personnel. The region will add its funds for such payments.

In addition to the coronavirus, there are many other tasks pursued in healthcare, Mr Alikhanov noted. He said, in particular, that in the first months of this year a decrease in the mortality rate was almost 11 percent compared to last year. This was due to the attention given to reducing the mortality rate from circulatory diseases, among other things.

So that the economy does not stop, industrial enterprises have resumed operation in the region, and in compliance with the requirements for protecting people.

In general, the situation is under control. A plan has been prepared for the gradual opening of other sectors of the economy as the situation develops.

The Governor spoke about developments in the hotel business and federal resorts and drew attention to the need to prevent bankruptcies in this area, since after the epidemic ends, domestic tourism will be in high demand.

The issues of labour support, compensation for customs duties paid by manufacturers in the region, as well as the programme for socioeconomic development in Kaliningrad Region until 2025, were also discussed. The Governor asked the President for help in launching this programme next year and including it in the draft federal budget for the next three-year period.

Vladimir Putin discussed these issues by telephone with Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov and instructed him to discuss the details with the head of the region and then report back on the agreed upon measures.

April 21, 2020, Novo-Ogaryovo, Moscow Region