Moscow Sees 58% Mortality Spike in May as Russia’s Low Virus Deaths Questioned


Moscow health officials said on Wednesday that the capital recorded its highest fatality count in a decade last month, with more than one-third of the deaths due to the coronavirus.

The city’s health department said a total of 15,713 people died in May including 5,260 people who fell victim to the virus.

It was the largest number of fatalities since the summer of 2010 when Moscow was battered by an unprecedented heatwave and stifling smog.

“COVID-19 was recorded as the main or associated cause of death in 5,260 cases,” the health department said in a statement, specifying that the virus was the primary cause of more than half of those deaths.

Officials said last month’s death count had increased by 5,715 compared to May 2019 and was a 57 per cent year-on-year increase compared to the average fatality rate for last month.

Russia has recorded a total of 493,657 infections, the third-highest number of cases in the world after the United States and Brazil.

News Credit: The Moscow Times

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