During these difficult times of Coronavirus pandemic, some countries seem like they are winning this war. A great example of this case is New Zealand which counts cases in single digits now. On the other hand, other countries like Italy, Spain, UK unfortunately have not had the same fate.
After looking as some of the latest data on the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, we couldn’t help but notice Russia. You can find some statistics below from Worldometers official webiste :
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From these numbers you can easily notice Russia too. So what is happening with it?
No longer than a month ago the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, bragged about the measures that his administration had taken. According to him, thanks to these measures, Russia could avoid COVID-19 spread. However, over the last couple of weeks, the country has seen lots of cases. Russia has already overtaken China with nearly 100.000 confirmed cases.
In addition, according to Russian statistics, only 972 people have died. This means that the figures are less than 1 percent.
In contrast, Germany, which has one of the most modern and well-funded health systems, has a virus mortality rate of about 4 percent. In an interview with the British network express.co.uk, Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva, founder of the London Doctors’ Union, said the Kremlin figures were not true, as doctors were instructed to attribute the causes of death to other diseases, such as those of the heart.
The former ophthalmologist says: “Doctors have orders to reduce mortality from Coronavirus pneumonia. In addition, they write other diagnoses like cardiovascular or other diseases a person may have. They command statistics as they wish. I know this because my relatives work in Moscow and St. Petersburg. No one there is saying anything about the situation except that it is under control and there is no problem.”
Dr. Vasilyeva believes that the outbreak of Coronavirus will lead to an increase in deaths from other diseases as they will remain untreated and undiagnosed.
“We may never know the truth about deaths from both Coronavirus and other cardiovascular and neurological diseases. Russia’s remote regions may be hit hardest by lack of medical resources and lack of investment by the Putin administration over the past 15 years.