The number of deaths caused by the coronavirus in Russia has risen by 150 since yesterday, reaching a total of 3,249, the national operational headquarters for fighting the infection announced on Friday. This is a record number of victims in one day in the country since the beginning of the epidemic.
The number of people infected with the coronavirus in Russia has increased in the last 24 hours by 8894. For a week now, the daily growth has been below 10,000.
The total number of cases in the country is 326,448. Of these, 158,207 are in Moscow, where 2,988 new patients have been registered since yesterday. For three days now, less than 3,000 people have been infected daily in the capital, according to the headquarters.
The share of cured patients with coronavirus in Russia has exceeded 30 percent, reaching 30.6 percent of all patients. So far, a total of 99,825 people have been discharged from hospital, and in the last 24 hours – 7,144.
The conditional death rate from the new disease in Russia has risen again to 1 percent. The spread of the virus is 0.93, according to TASS calculations.
Putin: The coronavirus situation has stabilized
President Vladimir Putin said today that the coronavirus situation in Russia has begun to improve and that this creates a positive environment for easing the restrictions. Authorities, for their part, have denied allegations that death rates in Russia are falling.
In a video conference with senior Russian officials, Putin noted the declining number of cases in Moscow and other regions. “This positive dynamic is not at the pace we would like, sometimes it is even unstable, but it is still there,” he said.
The Russian leader said the steady decline in new cases paved the way for further easing of restrictive measures, but stressed that hospital capacity should be maintained in the event of a new wave of infection.
Authorities reported to Putin that the influx of patients, particularly those in serious condition, had declined. The Russian president noted that hospitals in Russia can accommodate more than 165,000 coronavirus patients and that two-thirds of their capacity is currently full.
Mortality from Covid-19 in Russia remains impressively low, at about 1 percent, prompting Western suspicions that the death toll in Russia is falling. The Russian authorities rejected this claim and said that this low number was the result of effective preventive measures and mass testing.
During today’s video conversation with Putin, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said that Russia’s approach to counting victims is in line with the directives of the World Health Organization and more precise than in other countries. She predicts that deaths will increase significantly in May, given the high number of infections in recent weeks.
“There will be a significant increase in mortality in May, according to operational data for the past three weeks,” Golikova told Putin.
Sergei Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, which accounts for almost half of all infections, also predicted an increase in deaths in May. “Obviously, the death toll in May will be significantly higher than in April,” he told Putin. “We were at the peak of the infection in April and early May,” the mayor of the Russian capital added.
According to municipal health authorities in Moscow, 639 people died of the coronavirus in April. They said autopsies showed that 60 percent of deaths among those infected with the virus were due to serious comorbidities.
Some experts have challenged Russia’s refusal to include all those who tested positive in the number of coronavirus victims. They allowed a politically motivated desire to reduce mortality. The Russian authorities rejected this claim and said that the Russian approach was more accurate and in full compliance with WHO directives.
Although the number of new cases of coronavirus in Moscow has dropped from a peak of about 6,700 to about 3,000 now, new outbreaks have emerged in the rest of Russia. Among them is Dagestan, a predominantly Muslim region in the North Caucasus whose health care system has collapsed under the influx of patients, the Associated Press reported.
In neighboring Chechnya, regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman there, sharply criticized local doctors for being dissatisfied with a lack of equipment and safety equipment.
Yesterday, Russian state news agencies reported that Kadyrov was hospitalized in Moscow after an alleged infection with the disease. The Chechen leader’s office did not respond to a request for comment from the Associated Press.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov and three cabinet ministers are among the officials who tested positive for the coronavirus. Mishustin and Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova have recovered.
On May 11, Putin ordered the lifting of his partial closure of the economy in late March and instructed regional governors to reopen industrial enterprises and other economic sectors where possible. The epidemic has hit the Russian economy hard, which has previously been weakened by global oil prices and Western sanctions, and businessmen have widely described government support measures during the epidemic as insufficient.
The epidemic eroded support for Putin, which fell to 59 percent in April, the lowest level in more than two decades, according to the independent polling company Levada Center, the Associated Press reported.
Why patients do not seek medical help
The incidence of coronavirus in Russia is visibly declining, but even if the statistics are reliable, it does not fully reflect the real situation. In addition to asymptomatic carriers, more and more people are avoiding seeking public medicine even with obvious symptoms of the disease, according to the Russian newspaper Trud.
Because people are too scared with fines of 4,000 rubles for nothing. Because they have read posts on social networks, telling how for a day or two they retrain as infectious disease specialists all doctors – from gynecologists to ophthalmologists. And they know that they will lie in hospital rooms with heating inflated, with windows that do not open, ventilation that is clogged, and no drinking water. That their faces will be included in all tracking systems, and passport data will be drained for open access, the daily explains.
47 vaccines are being developed in Russia
As soon as Russia starts producing a coronavirus vaccine, people at risk will be the first to be vaccinated. This was stated to RIA Novosti by the head of the federal agency Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko announced that the first Russian vaccines, available for relatively widespread use, could appear as early as the end of July. According to Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova, 47 vaccines against the new virus are currently being developed in Russia, Izvestia newspaper writes.
“Humanitarian catastrophe” in Russian healthcare
The Russian League for the Protection of Physicians expects the coronavirus crisis to sharply increase the death rate from chronic diseases in the country and the number of disabled people, its chairman Semyon Galperin told Svobodnaya Presa.
During the quarantine, people did not receive planned help, it was often impossible to control their treatment at home. Some of them, especially the elderly, stay locked up at home, which also harms their health and greatly reduces their physical capabilities. In recent years, many hospitals have been closed, there have been major layoffs, said the doctor, who spoke of a “humanitarian catastrophe” in Russian healthcare.
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