A sharp increase in the number of cases of “pneumonia” in Russia raises questions about the official statistics of the coronavirus in the country. Skeptics say that the government of Vladimir Putin obscures the actual number of reported cases.
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Given that Russia’s population is 144 million people, some doctors question whether the official figures reflect the reality.
Thus, as indicated by New York Postin January, Moscow announced on 6 921 cases of pneumonia, which is almost 2,000 more than in the same period last year.
As reports Reuters , citing the data of Rosstat (Russian statistics Agency), in the capital of Russia the number of cases of pneumonia in January 2020 rose by 37% year on year. At the national level also saw an increase in cases of pneumonia of 3%.
“Begs the idea that this is a coronavirus pneumonia, – said Vasilyev. – There seems to be no other reason for growth”.
Other doctors do not agree.
“There is an explanation,said Professor Vladimir Nikiforov, a renowned expert on infectious diseases. – The number of people seeking treatment has increased the anxiety among the population”.
But those who remember the concealment by the Soviet authorities of the consequences of the accident at Chernobyl in 1986, continue to question and to demand more transparent statistics of cases Covid-19.