Currently, Russia has entered the initial phase of recovery and coming back to normal. Education, defenses of thesis, graduations and examinations are still online, exceptions may appear in most secure regions. Cafes are working for take-out only, public accommodations in parks and streets are closed and restricted. It is highly recommended to work from home. Some social institutions as orphanages and hospices are temporarily closed for reception and quarantined. There are new sanitary regulations for airports, railway stations, trains and flights. The international borders are still closed. For one to rest in a local sanatorium, a certificate saying that you are not infected of COVID-19 and haven't come in contact with an infected person in the last two weeks is required. Even planned aid in hospitals are to be met with certain restrictions.
As a part of their relief package, the Russian government has initiated support and compensations for backbone enterprises, small and medium business, individual entrepreneurs, migrants, the unemployed, social workers, volunteers, families, children and pensioners. Business checks are suspended now. During the period of non-work weeks from April to the middle of May government and enterprises were advised to save and pay salaries to workers.
As a part of their humanitarian aid to other countries, Russians paid special attention to the post-Soviet space handing aid to all CIS countries excluding Ukraine. Testing kits and medicines as aid was also given to countries like Italy, Serbia, Iran, USA, China, Algeria, Syria, North Korea, Lebanon and some others. The Defense Ministry sent a delegation of military doctors to Italy and Serbia who deployed their therapy and intensive care units and helped local hospitals with medical treatment and disinfection.
With this, Russia is also working towards developing a cure to fight COVID-19. Russia has already proposed 8 anti-COVID-19 vaccines to the World Health Organization for further examination.
The pandemic situation in Russia can be compared to the European countries, just with a delay of several weeks. The delay has helped Russia prepare for the worst. At present, it is important to lift the restrictions at ease while ensuring safety for the people to avoid a second wave of infections. There is a hope that the experience, healthcare capacities, new strict standards for public places and a good summer will help to avoid new outbreaks and throwbacks.