Russia Records Nearly 9,000 New Coronavirus Cases, Tally Rise to 3,96,575

Число смертей от коронавируса за сутки в РФ превысило 230 человек

Russia cases increase; third highest in the world

The relatively low mortality rate compared with other countries has prompted skepticism domestically and overseas.

The previous high of 174 was reported on May 26 and 28, TASS reports.

On Thursday, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said temporary hospitals created in the city for coronavirus patients will be mothballed in case infections rebound.

On top of that, 169 cases were confirmed through autopsies, even though patients tested negative.

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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.

Russian Federation on Friday recorded 232 deaths due to coronavirus even as President Putin prepares for World War-II celebrations in Moscow on June 24.

Alexei Raksha, an independent demographer who analyzes government statistics, said Russians have a much lower average life expectancy compared to people in the West, so the older generation that the virus hit hardest in Europe simply isn't there. The vote would allow Putin to stay in power until 2036, if he chooses.

The tally on Friday rose to 387,623 after officials reported 8,572 new infections and 232 deaths, a record daily rise.

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In addition to that, she said, 1,038 others tested positive for the virus but died of other causes. The rest had died of other ailments, it said. Despite this, Russia's official death toll is only 4,142. Under the revised count, the city's death rate from the virus was between 1.4% and 2.8%.

The city of Moscow has suddenly doubled its coronavirus death toll from last month. Russians also have lower incomes and don't have a habit of socializing in public places - such as co-working spaces, widespread in NY, and restaurants.

The department predicted that Moscow's mortality index for May will likely rise, reflecting the peak infection point in late April.

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