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About 74% of Russians believe coronavirus pandemic can be stopped — pollster

About a third of the polled anticipate that the pandemic will entail worsening of the situation in the world, with possible escalation of conflicts

MOSCOW, April 6. /TASS/. About 74% of Russians believe that it is possible to cope with the coronavirus pandemic whereas nearly a third anticipate worsening of the situation in the world because of the pandemic, Valery Fedorov, director general of the Russian Public Opinion Research Center, said on Monday.

"People have ultimately understood: the pandemic does exist, it is not a fake. However 74% think that the pandemic can be stopped," he said in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station. "About a third of the polled, if my memory doesn’t fail me, anticipate that the pandemic will entail worsening of the situation in the world, with possible escalation of conflicts, including those involving Russia."

"Many are sure the pandemic did not originate from natural sources, that it is an man-made virus," he added.

Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said in an interview with the Pozner program on Channel One earlier in the day that the available data indicated the virus’ natural origin.

As of April 6, a total of 6,343 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia. As many as 406 patients have recovered. Moscow accounts for the majority of cases (4,484). The Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public informed about the coronavirus situation.