March 25, 2020 / 10:36 AM / 2 months ago

Putin to address Russian people amid coronavirus crisis, says Kremlin

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with his Kyrgyz counterpart Sooronbay Jeenbekov at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will make a televised address to the nation later on Wednesday, the Kremlin said, without providing further details.

Putin’s address follows the sharpest daily reported rise in coronavirus cases, which now stand at 658 in Russia. It also comes amid speculation he will postpone a planned April 22 nationwide vote on constitutional changes due to the virus.

Reporting by Alexander Marrow and Tom Balmforth; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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