Moscow authorities have denied the information about the underestimation of mortality from COVID-19

The Department of health of Moscow has acted with an official refutation of the information that the city government supposedly lowers the mortality rate from coronavirus.

In desgraves emphasize that the comparison of mortality rates in monthly dynamics is incorrect and not conclusive evidence of any trends. In April 2020, do, according to Management the registry office across Moscow, issued 11 846 death certificates. Thus, the increase compared to April 2019 of the year was 1841, and in comparison with the same month in 2018 985 people, that is 2 times less.

In addition, the diagnosis of the deceased with suspected coronavirus infection in Moscow is set after a mandatory autopsy in accordance with the interim guidelines of the Ministry of health.

“It should be emphasised that postmortem of the dead with suspected CoV-19 in Russia and Moscow is in 100% of cases, in contrast to most other countries. Therefore, recorded in Moscow posthumous diagnoses and causes of death in the end are very precise, and data on mortality completely open. To call the cause of death COVID-19 in other cases, impossible,” – pay attention to the Department of health. In desgraves added that 60% of deaths happened from the apparent alternative causes, such as vascular accidents (myocardial infarction and stroke), malignant disease 4 stages, leukemia, systemic diseases with the development of organ failure (e.g. amyloidosis and end-stage renal disease) and other incurable deadly diseases.

“Moscow is the region that openly publishes the mortality data on their websites. Moscow is open to discussions and willing to share experiences with both Russian and foreign experts,” – said in the Department of health.

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