A shipment of US-made ventilators arrived Thursday in Russia, the US Embassy in Moscow said.

“Arriving now in Moscow: Humanitarian aid delivery from the American people to the people of Russia,” embassy spokesperson Rebecca Ross said on Twitter. “This represents a $5.6 million donation which includes 200 much needed U.S.-manufactured ventilators to help Russia deal with the Covid-19 crisis.”

An earlier shipment of 50 US-made ventilators arrived in Moscow on May 21.

Russia is currently the third hardest-hit country worldwide by the virus following the US and Brazil. While the country’s official death toll is relatively low, with more than 5,000 deaths, some critics and experts say the figure is almost certainly underestimated.

Moscow’s mortality rate surged by 18% in April compared to the same month last year, as well as compared to the April average for the past decade, according to data released by the city’s civil register office.

The situation has led to growing anger in the country, with concerns raised about the conditions in which medical workers are forced to operate.

As of early Thursday, Russia has reported at least 440,538 cases of Covid-19 and at least 5,376 virus-related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Source: CNN News


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