Staunton, September 4 – Rosstat has now released mortality figures for Russia in July which show that 10,079 people by its calculations died from coronavirus infections. That figure is significantly greater than the 4522 that the government reported in its daily briefings (rosstat.gov.ru/folder/313/document/98189).
This extends a pattern since the beginning of the pandemic in which Rosstat is reporting far more deaths from the pandemic than the government office responsible for such reports is. There are differences in the ways these numbers are compiled but the yarning difference between the two raises more questions about Russian figures.
However that may be, the Russian office responsible for the daily reports said that 5110 more Russians had been infected and 121 more people had died from it over the last 24 hours, bringing those totals respectively to 1,015,105 and 17,649 respectively (t.me/COVID2019_official/1419).
The British medical journal, The Lancet, published the official results of the first two phases of test of the Russian coronavirus vaccine (regnum.ru/news/3054396.html). Russian officials played up international findings that children often do not infect adults (regnum.ru/news/3054545.html).
The health ministry published a list of the groups which will be given priority – medical workers and teachers, police, draftees, service workers and school pupils older than 18 (regnum.ru/news/3053858.html).And the Russian government is urging the Duma to exclude the coronavirus vaccine from fines on those who don’t vaccines (ura.news/news/1052448366).
Meanwhile, in other pandemic-related developments from Russia today,
· Moscow has decided to delay making any final decision on which foreign students will be allowed to attend Russian universities this academic year (tass.ru/obschestvo/9372059).
· Health officials say 80 percent of Russians put on weight during the pandemic and that they should now exercise more (regnum.ru/news/3053911.html).
· And Chuvash residents gathered four tons of fodder to save animals in the local zoo from starvation. Because attendance has fallen during the pandemic, zoo operators were not able to make enough money to feed the animals (regnum.ru/news/3053808.html).
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