Russia’s hospital bed occupancy almost at 90 percent as coronavirus cases grow

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    6352902 08.10.2020 A member of medical personnel works as a patient suffering from coronavirus disease is treated at the City Clinical Hospital Number 52 in Moscow, Russia. Iliya Pitalev / Sputnik via AP

    Russian Deputy Health Minister Oleg Gridnev warned Tuesday that hospital bed occupancy was almost at 90 percent, as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise in the country, placing further strain on a health-care system that has been forced to turn away some people with other illnesses.

    Russia confirmed 13,868 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, followed by 14,000 new cases Wednesday — the highest number of daily infections to date. In the past month, Russia’s daily caseload has almost tripled, according to the Moscow Times.

    Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko said Wednesday that the situation was strained, adding that many people were not adhering to government health and safety regulations.

    The state-run Tass news agency reported this week that almost 100,000 people in Moscow had been fined for breaching mask- and glove-wearing rules on public transport.

    Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the new data showing 1,250 hospitalizations Monday was cause for “great concern,” and he advised people to adhere to government advice.

    Moscow has emerged as a hot spot amid the global health crisis, and two temporary hospitals have been erected to help treat a growing number of covid-19 patients.

    With more than 1.3 million confirmed cases, Russia has the fourth-highest caseload in the world and more than 22,000 recorded deaths.

    State-run news agencies reported this week that Russia does not plan on enforcing another nationwide lockdown.

    The Washington Post

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