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The President of Russia Vladimir Putin backed a proposal by the head of Russia’s health watchdog to introduce a non-working period in May 1 — 10 to prevent a surge in coronavirus infections. The head of Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova said that the non-working stint over May 1-11 was part of an effort to limit the time Russians spend on public transport and their exposure to the virus. Before the announcement May 4-7 were supposed to be regular work days and citizens supposed to be on public  holidays on May 1, when Russians mark Labour Day, and on May 9, when the country celebrates its victory in World War II.  The decision of Russian President Vladimir Putin to make the days between the May holidays non-working does not imply the introduction of a new lockdown, reports TASS with reference to the press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov.