Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia saved the lives of thousands of people infected with coronavirus.

"As shown by international experience, it is not ready, overload of health systems were the main cause of the high mortality, were not allowed to rescue those who could help. And we, again, now unable to provide such assistance, and thanks to the measures taken in advance are already stored, you can say it without exaggeration, many thousands of lives," he said during his address to the Russians prior to the meeting by the epidemiological situation in the Russian Federation.