Russia defends its ‘exceptionally precise’ Covid-19 death data

Posted by on May 14, 2020 6:34 am
Categories: Global Stories

Moscow defends methodology as low official death rate prompts scrutiny

Russian officials have defended the country against claims that its unusually low mortality rate from Covid-19 is suspicious, saying its method of ascribing cause of death is “exceptionally precise”.

Figures released this week have given an inside look into how Russia – which now has the second highest number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the world – tabulates deaths from the disease, a process that differs significantly from many western countries but which Russian health officials have defended as superior.

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