Russian Federation reports record toll of new virus deaths

Russia records 30% rise in daily coronavirus deaths

29/05/2020 17:15 Russia records 30% rise in daily coronavirus deaths

More than 10 million lab exams for COVID-19 have been carried out throughout the nation thus far, it added.

Russian officials have denied any manipulation of virus statistics, insisting that Russia's death count was more precise than in other countries because it is based on autopsies in each case to determine the exact cause of death. Initially, authorities claimed that 639 individuals died as a result of contracting the virus, but this number has been revised to 1,561 deaths. The officials said in many cases here the virus was a significant factor, playing the role of a "catalyst".

Russian Federation confirmed 8,572 new COVID-19 cases within the final 24 hours, elevating its whole variety of infections to 387,623, its coronavirus response middle stated in a press release Friday, in line with Xinhua.

That has drawn suspicions from Russian and Western experts, who contend authorities in Moscow and other parts of Russia may have been under-reporting coronavirus deaths for political needs.

In a statement, the Moscow health department said the death toll was revised following post-mortem examinations.

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Officials said that based on those figures a total of 1,561 people died in the Russian capital in connection with the coronavirus in April, adding the toll was "undoubtedly lower" than the number of fatalities in NY and London.

That would still make the Russian capital's coronavirus death rate much lower than death rates reported in cities such as NY and London, it said.

In addition to that, she said, 1,038 others tested positive for the virus but died of other causes.

The department predicted that Moscow's mortality index for May will likely rise, reflecting the peak infection point in late April.

Under its initial methodology, Moscow's Health Department had attributed only 636 deaths to COVID-19.

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