The head of Russia’s state coronavirus group says the number of deaths nationwide in June this year increased by almost 14% compared to June 2020, due to the spread of the delta variant that caused an increase in infections and a record increase in deaths.
Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said on Friday that current data show a 13.9% increase in mortality in June year-on-year.
Russia has been battling an increase in infections since early June, with new daily cases rising from 9,000 in early summer to more than 23,000 in early July. On Friday, the working group reported 25,766 new infections. For the first time in the pandemic, the daily death toll this week exceeded 700, and 726 deaths were recorded on Friday.
The delta variant is detected in 66% of cases, said Anna Popova, head of the Russian public health agency Rospotrebnadzor.
Overall, in the pandemic, Golikova’s working group reported a total of more than 5.7 million confirmed infections and 141,501 deaths.
However, reports from Russia’s state statistical service, Rosstat, indicate that coronavirus-related deaths retroactively reveal much higher figures. According to Rosstat, COVID-19 alone last year caused 144,691 deaths.
Data from the first five months of this year show 126,049 deaths of people with COVID-19, including cases where the virus was suspected not to be confirmed and cases where the leading cause of death was not considered.
A report released Friday showed that 18,695 people who had coronavirus died in May this year, the lowest monthly bill the agency reported for 2021. Of the total deaths, 12,779 were caused directly by COVID-19 confirmed ; 2,192 were probably caused by the virus, but it was not confirmed by any evidence. In 984 cases, the virus contributed “significantly” to fatal complications from other diseases and 2,740 people tested positive for the virus but died of other causes.
Russian officials attribute this to different counting methods, saying the working group only includes deaths where COVID-19 was the main cause and uses data from medical facilities, while Rosstat takes its numbers at the civil registry offices where the registration of a death is completed, allowing for a more complete picture.
Rosstat began posting detailed monthly updates on virus-related deaths last June, after the task force was relatively low death Count your eyebrows raised in the West, as the count of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Russia becomes one of the largest in the world.
Critics and the Western media claimed at the time that Russian authorities could have falsified the figures for political purposes to minimize the magnitude of the outbreak, allegations that officials vehemently denied. The Kremlin credited the government’s response measures to the low mortality of COVID-19 in Russia and experts cited the way Russia counts virus deaths as one of the reasons for the relatively low figures reported.
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