Western media reported the underestimation of mortality from COVID-19 in Russia. Zakharova requires rebuttal

The number of deaths from coronavirus in Russia can znachitelno to exceed the official government data. This was discussed in material, Financial Times, 11 may.

Analysis of data on mortality from all causes in Moscow and St Petersburg revealed in April 2073 deaths more, compared with the average figure for the previous five years. While official statistics tracking the epidemic COVID-19 in these two cities tells only about 629 deaths during the same period.

Indicators of excess mortality show that the death toll in Moscow is the highest rate since April 2010. Consequently, deaths from coronavirus infection can be 72% higher than misleading officials, concludes the British edition.

The situation in the whole of Russia may be even more critical as in other regions, mortality data for April will be published in June.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Tatyana Golikova told journalists that the government are correct and that the country “has never manipulated the official statistics”.

On the same day the American The New York Times also published an article which said about the deliberate understatement of the number of deaths from COVID-19 in Russia. As noted in the article, researchers in the world puzzled by the fact that the mortality rate in Russia, a country with underfunded health care system, is only about 13 per million, far below the world average for the period of the epidemic is 36 deaths per million.

The total number of registered deaths in the Russian capital in April exceeded the five-year average for the same period, more than 1,700 people wrote the publication. Senior researcher of the Academy of national economy and public administration under the President of Russia Tatiana Mikhailova told The New York Times that the number of victims COVID-19 may, almost three times higher than the official loss.

May 13, the official representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova said that her Agency finds article two of the Western editions of “baseless speculation” and “another sensational anti-Russian fake”. About this informed the Agency “Interfax”.

According to Zakharova, the further attitude of Russia to The New York Times and the Financial Times will depend on if they publish refutation of the information about the statistics of deaths from coronavirus in Russia. The foreign Ministry will send letters to publications with the relevant requirements, the speaker noted.

According to official data, on may 14, in Russia from COVID-19 died 2305 people in 252 245 infected. The mortality rate is 0.9% – one of the lowest in the world.

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