Deaths from COVID-19 in Russia continue to soar

The daily death toll from the coronavirus in Russia hit a record Tuesday (28/9) as the COVID-19 spreads in the country. Tuesday’s death toll stood at 852, surpassing last Friday’s death toll of 829.

A senior doctor at a hospital in Nizhny Novgorod said COVID-19 cases in the country had not changed much, in fact the time period between the appearance of the disease and the patient entering a critical condition had become shorter.

Coronavirus cases in Russia have fallen from 20,000 in late August to 18,000 in mid-September. But this past week the number has increased again. Since last Thursday (23/9), the COVID-19 task force has reported more than 21,000 new cases per day. While on Tuesday, new cases reached 21,559.

Despite the increase in cases, few social restrictions have been imposed in Russia, which only imposed a six-week lockdown last spring.

Vaccination rates are also low, with only 32% of Russia’s 146 million citizens having been vaccinated at least one dose of vaccine and only 28% having been fully vaccinated.

Russian authorities report about 7.4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 205,000 deaths. However, several reports submitted by the government statistical service “Rosstat” indicate that the retroactive count of the number of deaths due to COVID-19 shows a much higher death toll than currently registered. [em/jm]

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