Jan 30, 2021
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Sobyanin denied official statistics on coronavirus: at least 6 million people have been ill in Moscow alone

Sergei Sobyanin
Press Service of the Mayor and the Moscow Government

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Friday, January 29, on the air of the state TV channel Russia-1 (VGTRK), denied official statistics on coronavirus cases. The mayor said that in Moscow alone, at least half of the residents had been ill with COVID-19.

“According to the analytics that we have, the research we are conducting, more than half of Muscovites have been ill (COVID-19),” Sobyanin said.

The population of Moscow at the end of 2020 was at least 12.5 million people. Thus, according to Sobyanin, about 6.2 million city dwellers have had coronavirus, which is at least one and a half times higher than official statistics throughout Russia.

At the same time, the coronavirus operational headquarters claims that during the entire pandemic, only 3.8 million cases of the disease were recorded throughout the country. And according to the operational headquarters, only 925,358 cases of COVID-19 infection have been identified in Moscow today, and not the 6.2 million cases reported by Sobyanin.

Note that the level of public discontent in Russia is growing, among other things, due to restrictions associated with the coronavirus, so the Russian authorities are trying to convince citizens that the peak of the second wave of the pandemic has passed, mass vaccination is already in action and the lifting of restrictions is quite possible. For this reason, two days ago, after the statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin about the need to start lifting coronavirus restrictions, the Moscow Mayor ordered to abolish the mandatory retirement work for workers and the ban on night work of cafes.

And the next lifting of coronavirus restrictions in Moscow will depend on how people will fulfill the current requirements. “It largely depends on how we will comply with sanitary safety measures, but still there are fragile dynamics … Then we will look at the situation,” Sobyanin said, noting that in the capital, first of all, those measures that relate to the economy are canceled – the well-being of people, the city budget, and the development of the city depend on it.

As the mayor of the capital said today, Muscovites who have suffered a coronavirus infection “make no sense” to rush to get vaccinated against COVID-19. “We see that the number of re-illnesses is very small. Of the huge base that we have, there are less than 1% of re-illnesses,” he said. According to him, this fact is evidence that immunity to COVID-19 lasts for a long time.

Sobyanin noted that the capital’s reserve hospitals for the treatment of patients with coronavirus will remain for “safety net” until the autumn-winter period.

“Reserve hospitals continue their work. We do not close them, they will be in hot reserve until the autumn-winter period, we will not touch them, so that they always insure us,” the mayor said. According to him, less than 10 thousand COVID beds are currently loaded in Moscow.

The third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is ahead. It will start towards the end of summer

Today, doctor and TV presenter Alexander Myasnikov warned that although the coronavirus has begun to decline, according to official statistics, the third wave of the pandemic is not far off. According to him, in Russia, this third wave will come closer to the end of the summer.

“The epidemic has entered a phase of natural decline. This only confirms the assumption of a three-month cycle,” the specialist wrote in his Telegram channel. He explained that the next surge in the disease can be expected in the summer or fall.

According to him, it is possible to painlessly survive the new wave of the pandemic only if the population is vaccinated now. Myasnikov stressed that people with chronic diseases, poor health, as well as the elderly need to be vaccinated first of all to be protected.

Head of the Department of Experimental Modeling and Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases of the Federal Research Center for Fundamental and Translational Medicine (FRC FTM, Novosibirsk) Alexander Shestopalov also believes that vaccination against COVID-19 in Russia can bring the attenuation of the epidemic process closer by about a month. “What we are seeing (the decline in the incidence) is, most likely, forever. This is a classic epidemic process. Fading can be expected by May – June. Vaccination can move this deadline to about April,” he told Interfax.

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