As many as 589 coronavirus deaths were recorded in Russia in the past 24 hours, the highest daily number since the beginning of the pandemic, the anti-coronavirus crisis center said on Wednesday, TASS informed.
According to data from the crisis center, 1.75% of coronavirus patients have died in the country.
In particular, 82 coronavirus deaths were recorded in St. Petersburg in the past day, 32 in the Moscow region, 26 in the Rostov region, 20 in the Krasnoyarsk region and 17 in the Irkutsk region.
The growth in the number of deaths due to the coronavirus in Russia and of the number of patients at intensive care units is related to the fact that now in general people are hospitalized in a serious condition while in the spring hospitals were admitting practically everyone, Chief of Medicine of the Lider Meditsiny medical center Yevgeny Timakov told TASS on Wednesday.
“The number of fatalities is now increasing because more patients in a more serious condition are being hospitalized. The increase in the number of patients at intensive care units is related to the fact that if in the spring, at the beginning of the pandemic, people were hospitalized indiscriminately, now they are admitting people who are already in a moderate or a severe condition,” the agency’s interlocutor said.
“And another thing – now those with the coronavirus more often don’t stay in bed, turn for medical help less. Accordingly, a visit to a doctor is delayed. <...>. A delayed visit to a physician naturally means a more serious course of the disease, more severe cases hospitalized,” the expert explained.
Earlier, Russian Healthcare Minister Mikhail Murashko reported of the increase in the number of patients at intensive care units at a session of the Presidium of the Government Coordination Council to control the coronavirus incidence in the Russian Federation.
Additionally, according to the latest data of the federal anti-coronavirus crisis center, the number of fatalities caused by the coronavirus in Russia over the past 24 hours has grown by 589 compared to 569 the day before, which is a second record high over the past two days since the beginning of the pandemic.