xi's moments
Home | Europe

Russia's Putin defers constitutional vote because of virus

By REN QI in MOSCOW | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-03-25 22:53

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in a televised speech in Moscow, Russia March 25, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a televised address to the nation on Wednesday after the country's health authority reported the largest increase in novel coronavirus cases in a single day.

Putin said a vote on a constitutional amendment scheduled for April 22 will need to be postponed because of the situation.

He also announced the next working week will be an off-work holiday.

The number of novel coronavirus cases in Russia stood at 658 as of Wednesday, after 163 new patients tested positive.

Global Edition
Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349