Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Under Putin, Russian response to COVID-19 eerily similar to that of US under Trump

Russia has been hit hard by COVID–19, reports CNN. “the spread of coronavirus appears to be cresting. Russia on Tuesday reported 10,899 more coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 232,243. The country is now ranked second in the world for confirmed cases, behind the US, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Moscow is the worst hit city in Russia, with 121,301 cases.”

Putin’s coronavirus crisis deepens with fatal hospital fire and spokesman’s diagnosis. This is really eerie. If I were to rewrite this CNN report I could substitute “Trump” for “Putin” and it still would be coherent. Let me try it and you can see what I mean.

Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s longtime spokesperson, had been hospitalized with coronavirus. Substitute: Katie Miller, the spokeswoman for Vice President Mike Pence, tested positive.

Putin said his priority was “getting the economy back on track as soon as possible.” Substitute: Trump’s push to reopen.

Putin has delegated the difficult work of easing lockdown to regional governors, who must decide when conditions are right to lift restrictive measures. And that’s where the seriousness of the crisis is reflected: local leaders have already moved to prolong lockdown measures. Subtitute: Trump hands over responsibility to states.

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