St Petersburg death tally casts doubt on Russian coronavirus figures

Posted by on June 4, 2020 6:26 am
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City issues 1,552 more death certificates in May than last year, but Covid-19 toll was 171

New mortality data from Russia’s second-largest city has reignited questions about whether the country’s official tally has discounted thousands of deaths tied to the coronavirus outbreak.

St Petersburg issued 1,552 more death certificates this May than in the previous year, a nearly 32% rise that indicates that hundreds of deaths tied to the pandemic are not reflected in the city’s official coronavirus death toll for the month of 171.

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