Russia has recorded almost 9,000 new cases of the coronavirus, kind of consistent with the increases reported over the last two weeks.
The national coronavirus task force said Saturday that 4,555 Russians have died of Covid-19 and 396,575 infections have been confirmed overall.
The quite low mortality rate compared with other countries has prompted skepticism domestically and in another country. In a tender to dispel suspicions that authorities are trying to lower the death toll for political reasons, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova explained Friday that Russia’s count contains only those confirmed to have died of the infection, but she also gave figures for people who tested positive for the virus but died of other causes.
Whether all categories are counted as Covid-19 deaths, the nation’s complete toll for April would stand at 2,713, or almost 60 per cent more than the up to now announced number.