In may the death rate in Petersburg has grown by 32%. Deaths from coronavirus can be 10 times higher than reported officially

In may 2020 in St. Petersburg (Russia) overall mortality compared to may 2019 rose by 32%. This writes the Agency Reuters, referring to statistics of Committee for Affairs of civil status in St. Petersburg.

So, in may of this year, according to data of the Committee, from various causes died 6427 people. Over the same period of 2019, died 4875 people (1552 less).

The Agency notes that the overall statistics of deaths, “gives a more complete picture of mortality from causes related coronavirus” because the data is based on death of patients with COVID-19, which was not diagnosed as well as deaths from other diseases, the number of which could increase due to the congestion at hospitals.

According to official data, in may from coronavirus infection in Saint-Petersburg died 171 people. Since the epidemic began in the city confirmed more than 17 thousand cases of infection, of which 240 were fatal.

In mid-may, The New York Times and Financial Times on the basis of the General statistics of mortality in Moscow and St. Petersburg, wrote that the number of deaths from the coronavirus in Russia may be significantly higher than official government figures. According to the estimates of FT, the death rate from COVID-19 in Moscow will be 72% higher than officially reported. The NYT noted that the government may understate mortality rates intentionally.

In Russia as of June 3, was more than 431 thousand cases of infection with coronavirus, 5.2 thousand of them died, 195 thousand recovered.

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