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Russia: Corona cases in region are said to be much higher than specified

  • It has long been suspected that Russia has far more corona cases than officially stated.
  • The health minister of the Dagestan region is fueling this suspicion. He says: The numbers in his area are more than 20 times as high.
  • In total, Russia reported about 290,000 corona cases, including 2,722 deaths, by Monday.

Does Russia have many more corona cases than is officially announced? This suspicion has been around for a long time. Jamaludin Hajiyibragimow, Minister of Health of the Russian Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, has now stated that there are significantly more corona infections and deaths, at least in his region, namely 20 times as many as officially stated.

In an interview with local reporter Rusian Kurbanow, Hajiyibragimow said that in Dagestan at least 13,000 people have been infected and 657 have died of Covid-19. However, only 3,371 infections and 29 deaths were officially reported.

The difference stems from the fact that many Russian patients are diagnosed with so-called community-acquired pneumonia that corresponds to all corona symptoms, said Hajiyibragimow. However, in these cases there was no test that determined the cause of the patient’s illness.

In total, Russia reported about 290,000 corona cases, including 2,722 deaths, by Monday. However, if the Dagestan pattern can be transferred halfway to the rest of the giant country, the real corona numbers would be much higher. Then Russia could be even more affected than the current pandemic epicenter, the USA. According to Johns Hopkins University, these are now more than 1.5 million cases.

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