WHO expert concerned by Russia’s low mortality rate among Covid-19 infected

Source : 112 Ukraine

Mike Ryan stressed that some countries might increase the death rate among patients with coronavirus
08:44, 11 June 2020

Executive Director of WHO Health Emergencies Programme

The head of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, Mike Ryan, said that it was difficult to understand the cause of the low death rate of people living with Covid-19 in Russia, based on the country's population. A WHO representative is quoted by Interfax.

"It is, of course, unusual that the number of deaths in relation to the number of confirmed cases is very low," he stated at a briefing.

Related: WHO notes stabilization of coronavirus situation in Ukraine

According to Ryan, health care systems of a European region, where a high mortality rate is observed, are similar to Russia's in terms of development and accessibility.

At the same time, the expert stressed that some countries might increase the death rate among patients with coronavirus.

As we reported earlier, Russia's Finance Minister Anton Siluanov stated that the country intended to “participate fully” in a G20 official debt service suspension initiative to help the poorest countries fight the coronavirus.

"The pledge came during a call today between the two finance ministers, during which they discussed the coronavirus pandemic and 'response measures to support economic recovery in the United States and Russia',” the U.S. Treasury noted.

Related: WHO resumes hydroxychloroquine trials for treatment of Covid-19


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