Russian COVID-19 cases top 2 mln_china

Clay Curtis
November 20, 2020

The total number of coronavirus infections for Moscow, which is hit the hardest by the pandemic in Russian Federation, stood at 522,456, including 5,882 new cases. However, that quantity is disputed by critics who say the Kremlin is underreporting the numbers.

"I believe the actual determine is [around] 130,000 folks", stated Alexey Raksha, a former authorities statistician who has made his estimates based mostly on official information on extra deaths - the variety of fatalities above what would usually be anticipated - to evaluate the toll of the pandemic. The official death toll for Covid-19 at that time was about 21,000.

According to the national public health watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, over 69.1 million tests to detect COVID-19 have been conducted in Russian Federation since the beginning of the pandemic, and 458,641 suspected carriers remain under medical monitoring.

In relative terms, the increase, according to the officials, is 1.2%. The official number of Covid-19 deaths in that period reached almost 21,000.

Raksha said he resigned from Rosstat in July after publicly commenting on how the agency counted coronavirus-related deaths.

Moscow, the country's worst-hit region, tallied 6,438 new cases over the past day, bringing the city's total to 533,068.

"Another 77 patients, who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection, died in Moscow", the center said.

Neither the Russian well-being ministry, the general public well-being watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, nor Rosstat has responded to CNN's requests for remark.

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This counting method differs from World Health Organization guidelines, which states that all deaths related to Covid-19 should be counted unless there is "a clear alternative cause that can not be related" to the disease.

As it fights the epidemic, however, Russian Federation still knows how to act well. In August, amid enthusiasm, it became the first country to register a coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V, even before the first three major trials began. This vaccine, which has been met with skepticism by outside scientists, has not yet been widely used.

An ice rink in the capital, Moscow, has been turned into a temporary hospital to reduce the strain on the medical system.

The chief physician stated the hospital is totally digital; each affected person is assigned a bracelet with a QR code that hyperlinks to all their healthcare data.

"This is standard care", he told CNN, across Moscow and beyond.

However, this rosy picture of a country that is completely in control of the epidemic, with its network of vast medical facilities, appears increasingly in contradiction to the footage from hospitals, a deeper examination of official statistics and the testimony of some medical workers.

Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said some regions were experiencing ambulance shortages and that around 5,000 patients across the country were using ventilators.

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