After criticism, Russia expands stats on virus-linked deaths


CNN and other news outlets reported in mid-May that Moscow saw a mortality spike in April, adding an estimated 1,800 excess deaths in comparison with previous year averages.

An independent analysis of Moscow's mortality rate showed a almost 20% increase in overall deaths for April compared to the previous ten years.

Moscow authorities said that, even with a revised death toll, the Russian capital's mortality rate from Covid-19 remains lower than in other comparably large cities such as London and NY.

But officials also defended the way they register deaths, which only includes people confirmed to have died of COVID-19, and not those who succumbed to other causes - even if they also tested positive for the virus.

Moscow's health department also reported that 756 people had tested positive for the coronavirus but "died due to other reasons".

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Officials in Dagestan, one of the worst hit areas in Russian Federation, have previously said publicly their overall death toll was much higher than what is reflected in federal statistics.

On the morning of May 29, Russian officials announced that the country recorded 8,572 new coronavirus infections in the past day (201 more new cases than the day before) bringing the nation's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 387,623 patients.

Even with those extra deaths, Russia's coronavirus mortality rate still looks markedly lower than in many European countries and the United States.

The new counting method has not yet been used to revise the official death toll for Moscow or Russian Federation. The results are significantly lower than those from London, New York and other capitals.

She emphasized that autopsies are conducted for practically all of those who died after testing positive for the virus or were suspected of having the infection, to determine the primary cause of death.