Russian officials acknowledged on Monday that the cause of the nation’s death of COVID-19 is actually more than three times what was previously reported, months after the president Vladimir PutinCold War dual agent George Blake died in 98 arms control to get Vladimir Vladimirovich Putinputin a Russian coronavirus vaccine Seizing the allegedly low fatality rate as a marker of the country’s success in fighting the epidemic.
As a parent ReportedThe state’s statistics agency Rosstat said the number of all-cause deaths between January and November was 229,700 compared to the previous year.
The Guardian reported, “Over 81 percent mortality in this period is due to COVID,” said Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova, which would signal the deaths of more than 186,000 Russians. The update means that Russia has the third highest number of people in the world, ahead of only the US and Brazil.
Russian authorities have so far confirmed more than 3 million cases and only 55,265 deaths, noted The Guardian, which is lower than in other major affected countries.
The newspaper reported that despite the increasing number of coronoviruses, the Russian government is reluctant to order another national lockdown. In his final year conference, Putin said, “If we follow the rules and demands of health regulators, we don’t need any lockdown.”
Moscow reportedly hopes to contain the virus through its vaccination program launched this month. Russia was the first country in the world to approve the coronovirus vaccine. The Russian-made vaccine, called Sputnik V, showed promising results but was criticized by medical journals for short clinical trials.
Earlier in December, 68-year-old Putin said that he would delay taking the vaccine due to lack of research done on more than 60 people. Although the vaccine was approved for more than 60 people last weekend, The Guardian reported.