Russia "slows" new cases of COVID and 27 regions may start de-escalation



Russia has "curbed" the coronavirus epidemic, as the new contagion curve begins to flatten across virtually the entire country, allowing nearly a third of Russian regions to lift the restrictions imposed to contain COVID-19, announced today the Government of the country.

"The situation of the spread of the coronavirus in the country remains complicated, but even so it can be verified that the increase in morbidity has been halted," Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said in a telematic meeting of the council that coordinates the fight against COVID-19.

"According to the most cautious evaluations, the dynamics are positive," said the head of the government from the hospital, who reported last April 30 that he had contracted the coronavirus.

He indicated that "more and more people" are recovering and being discharged from hospitals, a total of 70,209 people, according to official statistics.

Russia, the second country by number of infections in the world only behind the US, reached 290,678 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday after registering an increase of 8,926 new infections in the last 24 hours.

In total, according to the authorities, 2,722 people have died from COVID-19 in Russia, a much lower figure than in other countries and which has caused controversy and accusations of manipulation of statistics within the country and abroad in recent days.

THE CURVE IS GETTING FLAT IN RUSSIA

An increase below 9,000 new cases has not been registered since May 1 in Russia and this indicates that the new contagion curve is flattening, according to the government.

During the last week, the growth rate of new cases has decreased by 23.4%, and in Moscow, the epicenter of the epidemic in the country with 146,062 cases and 1,580 deaths, it fell by 47.5%, said Monday in the Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova met.

In the capital on the last day, for the third consecutive day, there were less than 4,000 new infections per day (3,238).

He argued that currently the prevalence rate of COVID-19 in the entire territory of Russia is 0.9%. In 43 regions it is higher, in 19 it is equal to 1% and in 23 it is lower.

But the epidemic is not under control in all regions, chief health officer Anna Popova said in an interview with public television channel Rossiya-24.

SOME REGIONS ARE STILL CONCERNED

Golikova also admitted that not everything is lights. "We still have some concern about how the incidence of coronavirus is evolving" in some regions, with the exception of Moscow, he said.

The Muslim-majority North Caucasian republic of Dagestan is one of Russia's federated entities where the situation raises great concern, to such an extent that Russian President Vladimir Putin dedicated a video conference today exclusively to the epidemiological state in that region.

According to official figures, 3,460 COVID-19 cases and only 29 deaths have been registered in that territory.

However, the Dagestan mufti, Ajmad Abduláyev, said at the meeting that "the hospitals are full" and that "more than 700 people and more than 50 doctors and nurses have died"

"These figures unfortunately increase day by day," he added, without revealing how many deaths correspond to COVID-19.

The head of the republic, Vladimir Vasíliev, argued that the difficulty of establishing the causes of the deaths lies in the fact that only 3% of the families of the deceased authorize an autopsy.

27 REGIONS READY FOR DESCALATION

Although the problems persist in some federated entities, a total of 27 regions are prepared to gradually lift the containment measures, that is, approximately a third, Mishustin said Monday.

A week ago, when Putin decided to end the employer-paid compulsory vacation to confine the Russians at home, there were only 11 federated entities.

In Moscow, where the mayor, Sergey Sobianin, decided to maintain confinement until the end of the month and only allowed half a million workers in the construction and industry sectors to return to work, the quarantine lifting is not yet up for debate, Popova recognized at Rossiya-24.

"We will see the results of the May festivities -which started on day 1 and ended on day 11-. Depending on this we will be able to say when" the Muscovites will be able to go for walks and exercise outdoors again, he said.

Sobianin has already said that he will make his decision based on the massive antibody testing program that Moscow started on Friday, because he does not want to rush but neither does he wait too long to reopen the economy and life in the capital.

And there are already virologists such as the director of the Research Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Viral Infections, Georgi Vikulov, who advocate expanding the confinement of Muscovites beyond May 31, because he sees no reason for joy in the situation. epidemiological, he said on a radio program.

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