Hot spot causes skepticism about Russia’s Covid-19 data

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Hot spot causes skepticism about Russia's Covid-19 data 4
Hot spot causes skepticism about Russia's Covid-19 data 4

According to official data, Dagestan, the southern republic of the Russian Federation, as of May 19 recorded 3,553 cases of nCoV infection and 32 deaths, ranking 5th out of 85 Russian regions.

However, in an online interview on Instagram on May 17 with a local reporter, Mr. Dzhamaludin Gadzhiibragimov, leader of the Ministry of Health of Dagestan, gave a higher number, stating that the total number of people infected with nCoV and infected

When asked why Covid-19 and pneumonia cases were not counted separately, Mr. Gadzhiibragimov replied that pneumonia patients are treated as Covid-19, but not all cases are confirmed to have Covid-

`Basically, the treatment applied to both groups of patients is the same,` he said.

Doctors at a hospital in Dagestan.

Like many other countries, frontline healthcare workers in Dagestan are the ones most at risk during the pandemic.

Doctors in the region last week complained on social media about a lack of protective equipment and some hospitals not having enough space to treat staff.

Civil rights activist Ziyautdin Uvaisov, head of Patient Monitor, a non-profit organization that raises money to buy protective equipment for Dagestan’s doctors, said the health care system here is in dire straits.

The dire situation in Dagestan has made top Russian officials concerned.

`The situation in Dagestan is very difficult and requires urgent measures,` Putin said in an online meeting, ordering the military to build a 200-bed field hospital to support overloaded emergency rooms.

Much of the Russian government’s response to the pandemic has been hampered by bureaucracy and irregularities in local budget management.

Additional funds pledged by Putin to support frontline medical workers have become another frustration.

`We have worked from the beginning of the epidemic until now and performed our duties conscientiously. Now many of our colleagues are quarantined in medical facilities, fighting for their lives`

Similar videos and open letters appeared in at least 20 of Russia’s 85 regions last week.

`If from the beginning the government announces clear, easy-to-understand, transparent, and easy-to-control regulations and payment methods for employees working in special conditions, there will be a lot of benefits.`

Hot spot causes skepticism about Russia's Covid-19 data

President Vladimir Putin held an online meeting with Dagestan officials on May 18.

The federal government amended the relevant order, eliminating a bureaucratic loophole that caused some doctors to receive less than 50 cents in support payments and committed to facilitating all support expenditures.

During a special meeting chaired by Putin, officials admitted that the situation in Dagestan is more serious than what is reflected in statistics.

Ahmad Abdulaev, the imam of Dagestan, told Putin that many people who died from Covid-19 were not counted because they died at home without going to the hospital and were buried according to local customs, without autopsies.

Vladimir Vasilyev, leader of Dagestan, admitted that many people are infected with nCoV due to the country’s customs, such as weddings and funerals, which are often attended by many people, and Friday prayers still take place at a temporary stage.

`We are not hiding anything,` Mr. Vasilyev said, citing the number of deaths related to respiratory diseases in 2018 and 2019, before Covid-19.

In mid-April, the streets of the capital Makhachkala were still bustling with commuters.

However, some Dagestans disagree that their customs are one of the causes of the increase in infections.

The Kremlin pledged to add resources to Dagesan to fight the pandemic, including testing kits, when the daily testing rate in the country was 2 times lower than recommended.

The total number of deaths from Covid-19 in Russia is nearly 3,000 out of more than 300,000 infections, with a death rate of 7.4, lower than the global average, according to Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova.

Russian demographers and epidemiologists hope that nationwide statistics on deaths from all causes in April, expected to be published by the authorities at the end of May, will provide a clear picture.

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