According to one of the country’s leading politicians, Russia’s death from Kovid-19 could be three times higher than before.
New figures released on Monday by the Russian statistics agency Rozstat showed that the number of all-cause deaths between January and November increased by 229,700 compared to the same period last year.
After the data was released, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova was quoted by Russia’s Interfax Agency as saying that more than 81 percent of the mortality rate in this period is due to Kovid-19 and the results of the disease.
This means that the virus-related death toll is at least 186,000, or nearly three times higher than before. It will also give Russia the third largest Kovid-19 death chance in the world.
The country’s official death toll, reported on a cumulative daily basis by the government’s Coronavirus Virus Center, is 55,827 as of Tuesday.
It has already been questioned by some observers as being very low because Russia has the fourth largest case in the world behind the US, India and Brazil, but has a far lower death rate than those three countries.
Russia has so far been clear of a nationwide lockout despite reports of hospitals across the country battling the influx of Kovid-19 patients, as the Kremlin hopes the rollout of its Sputnik V vaccine will bring the epidemic under control.
Elsewhere, as the number of people receiving the Kovid-19 vaccination is increasing, the world is seeing, once again, the first people in the world to get the Kovid-19 vaccine.
The first two patients in the UK to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Margaret Keenan and William Shakespeare, were expected to receive their second dose on Tuesday to achieve complete immunity.
Keenan and Shakespeare received unprecedented publicity earlier this month as Britain became the first nation to rollout a clinically approved Kovid-19 vaccine.
Meanwhile, Britain on Monday recorded a record number of 40,000 new Kovid-19 cases, as the British government struggles to contain the new type of virus, which scientists believe may be 70 percent more communicable. is.
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Over the weekend, the European Union embarked on a massive vaccination effort aimed at getting its 450 million citizens vaccinated as soon as possible, with health workers and care residents in the first bloke to get a shot.
But there are already some hiccups along the way.
In northern Germany, eight workers in an elderly care home received a five-fold higher dose than the recommended dose of the BioNotech-Pfizer vaccine, Vorpomeron-Rougen district officials said in an online statement on Monday.
Since then, four have been admitted to the hospital as a precaution after showing flu-like symptoms.
“I deeply regret the incident,” District Administrator Stephen Kerth said in the statement. This individual case is due to personal errors.
NBC News has reached out to Pfizer for further comment.
The incident comes after some German districts rejected vaccines received over the weekend on suspicion that cold conditions were disrupted during childbirth. The Pfizer-BioNotech vaccine has to be stored at ultra-low temperatures to remain viable.
Meanwhile, China, where the virus emerged almost a year ago, has reported seven new cases of coronovirus infection in the capital Beijing, where authorities have ordered testing of hundreds of thousands of residents.
City officials have already urged residents not to leave the city during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday. China, which has so far reported lower numbers and deaths than many other countries, has canceled larger celebrations such as sports festivals and temple fairs. Movies, libraries and museums operate at 75 percent capacity. The government is also discouraging business trips.
The virus is also raising new concerns in South Korea where 40 more coronovirus patients died in the last 24 hours, the highest daily number since the epidemic.
South Korea’s previous daily highs for Kovid-19 deaths were reported on both 24, 21 December and 22 December.
Some observers say the increasing deaths reflect an increase in cluster infections in nursing homes and long-term care centers where elderly people with underlying health care live.
Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
Tatyana Chistikova has contributed.