Russia registers 25,521 more deaths in June than same month last year

Russia registers 25,521 more deaths in June than same month last year

A medical specialist wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) takes care of a patient
A medical specialist wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) takes care of a patient in Moscow, Russia, in this handout picture released on Jun 12, 2020. (Photo: Andrei Nikerichev/Moscow News Agency/Handout via REUTERS)

MOSCOW: Russia registered 162,758 deaths in June, up 18.6 per cent from the same month last year, data from the state statistics service Rosstat showed on Friday (Aug 7).

That included 11,917 deaths of people suspected or confirmed as having COVID-19, Rosstat data showed. Of these, COVID-19 was registered as the primary cause of death in 5,448 cases.

Many countries are looking at such "all-cause mortality" statistics as a guide to understanding the full impact of the virus, as some deaths caused by COVID-19 may go unrecorded, while the death toll from other illnesses may also rise at a time when healthcare systems are under strain.

There were 3.1 per cent more deaths in Russia in the first half of 2020 compared with the same period last year, Rosstat data showed.

In May, there were 11.9 per cent more deaths than the previous May.

As of Friday, Russia had reported 877,135 cases of the novel coronavirus, the world's fourth-largest total, and its death toll from the virus stood at 14,725.

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Source: Reuters

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