Doctors in a remote mountain region are even having to borrow oxygen canisters from auto body shops.
“I am scared. I am pregnant. Please let me leave," one resident told VICE News.
The lockdowns will eventually lift, but Russians worry the widespread use of this technology is here to stay.
Putin claims Russia has curtailed the spread of the pandemic, but he also called for more tests and medical supplies.
It was one of several answers to questions from the public the Russian president took during his 14th annual call-in show, which lasted for three hours and 40 minutes but produced few revelations.