Putin sounds alarm over virus crisis in Dagestan
Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday the coronavirus situation in Dagestan required urgent attention after a top official said hundreds of people in the region might have died from the virus.
"The situation in the Republic of Dagestan is complicated and of course calls for additional -- and urgent measures," Putin told a meeting in Moscow.
He said the poor North Caucasus region -- which has the fifth-highest number of coronavirus cases in Russia -- should receive additional equipment, medicines and tests.
"I want you to know and be assured -- all of Russia will be with Dagestan now," he said, addressing residents of the region.
According to the most recent official tally released on Monday, Dagestan has reported 3,460 coronavirus cases and just 29 deaths.
However, the local health minister said Saturday that more than 12,600 people were suffering from the coronavirus and pneumonia.
Speaking in an interview with a local blogger, Dzhamaludin Gadzhiibragimov added that 657 people had died of pneumonia in the region.
Over 40 medics have died from coronavirus or pneumonia in Dagestan, Gadzhiibragimov added. - AFP