Edelstein produces alarming figures
The prime minister’s view that the restrictions approved were inadequate was shared by Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein who spoke next and offered some alarming figures: Since the school year opened at the beginning of September, 700 kindergartens have been struck by the virus and 130 other schools, he reported. Furthermore, 3,500 members of hospital medical staffs are in quarantine and 1,300 have contracted the disease. The minister, like the prime minister, pleaded with the public scrupulously adhere to the rules of wearing masks and avoiding large, close-quarter gatherings, especially over the New Year festival starting on Friday. This was the only sure-fire way to bring the virus figures down and curtail the lockdown, he said.