Putin’s spokesman reveals he has coronavirus as Russia overtakes Britain with 232,000 coronavirus cases and sees record 107 deaths in a day
- Long-term spokesman Dmitry Peskov is reportedly in a hospital in Moscow
- He was last seen with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on April 30
- Russia reported a further 10,899 Covid-19 cases today, taking it past the UK total
- Today marks the tenth day in a row that Russia has seen over 10,000 new cases
- But the statistics may mask an even more serious situation in Russia
- Yesterday, Putin ordered millions of Russians to return to work starting today
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Peskov is the Russian leader’s long time spokesman and also deputy head of the presidential administration.
He is believed to have been hospitalised in the elite Kremlin clinic known as Moscow Central Clinical Hospital.
Russia is now the country with the second highest number of coronavirus cases, second only to the U.S.
A record number of 107 coronavirus deaths were also reported in Russia today.
Long-term Kremlin spokesman Dimitry Peskov (pictured in December) has confirmed that he is suffering from the coronavirus, and is believed to have been hospitalised in Moscow
On Tuesday, Russia reported a further 10,899 cases of the coronavirus, taking Russia’s total to 232,243, surpassing the total in the UK
According to journalists, Peskov, 52, was last seen with Putin on 30 April. ‘I got sick. I’m getting treatment,’ he said according to RIA Novosti.
He told TASS he had not been in personal touch with Putin for one month.
Peskov himself said that major efforts had been taken to ensure Putin did not become infected.
Peskov’s wife Tatiana Navka , 45, former Olympic champion figure skater and twice World Champion is also infected and is also in hospital.
‘He brought it from work,’ she said.
The former diplomat’s infections follows that of Russian prime minister Mikhail Mishustin who is also hospitalised.
A Kremlin spokesman confirmed Peskov was in the hospital. Russian culture minister Olga Lyubimova and construction minister the head of the Ministry of Construction Vladimir Yakushev are also infected.
Putin was today seen with his close ally Igor Sechin with neither wearing protective masks. Sechin is now head of energy giant Rosneft.
Dmitry Peskov, left, is Vladimir Putin’s, right, long-term spokesperson and has confirmed that he has the coronavirus. Yesterday, Putin told millions of Russians to return to work today despite rising numbers of the virus
On Tuesday, Russia also recorded 107 coronavirus related deaths, a record high for the country in a single day since the crisis began
Russia announced a record number of deaths today as the country’s official infection cases passed those of Britain.
This comes amid reports that the Kremlin’s daily figures may be underestimating fatalities by as much as 70 per cent.
Russia today reported 10,899 new cases with a record 107 new deaths. This brings Russia’s Covid-19 death toll to 2,116.
Today marks the tenth day in a row that Russia has seen more than 10,000 new cases, after the number of new cases per-day rose dramatically in the second half of April. Putin has attributed this steep rise to an increase in testing.
A quarter of a million people are under medical surveillance due to being suspected of suffering from coronavirus.
But the statistics may mask an even more serious situation in Russia.
An analysis by The Financial Times showed 2,073 more deaths in April in Moscow and St Petersburg compared to the average figure for the past five years.
Official Russian figures show 629 Covid-19 deaths for the same month, meaning an excess of 1,444 deaths compared with normal mortality levels.
‘If added to the reported national figure of 2,009 Covid deaths as of Monday morning, this would mean a 72 per cent increase in Russia’s national death toll,’ stated the newspaper.
On Tuesday, the mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin made it mandatory for people using public transport, taxi passengers and shoppers to wear face masks
The same figures from civil registry offices show that in April in Moscow there were 1,980 additional deaths in Moscow compared the an average over ten years.
Until now, Russian experts have suggested they are less seriously hit than many Western countries.
But it also seems clear Russia is not listing Covis-19 as a cause when there are complicating factors in deaths such as cancer or heart trouble.
The revealing excess death statistics from the Moscow civil registry office suggest that either the real number of Covid-19 deaths are higher than have been officially acknowledged, or there has been a rise in non-coronavirus fatalities at a time when hospitals are under pressure from the pandemic – or a combination of both factors.
Russian deputy premier Tatyana Golikova has claimed that infections are growing significantly more slowly in Russia than in Western countries.
Russian deputy premier Tatyana Golikova, pictured on May 12 during a briefing on counter coronavirus measures, has claimed that infections are growing significantly more slowly in Russia than in Western countries
Yesterday, Putin told millions of Russians to return to work today despite recording a record number of infections and deaths from coronavirus in the 24 hours running up to his public announcement.
On May 11, Putin spoke about the deadly pandemic in a televised address from the Kremlin and announced measures to support the Russian economy.
‘Starting from tomorrow, May 12, the national period of non-working days will be over for all sectors of the economy,’ Putin said, adding that Russia’s regions will be able to keep in place any necessary anti-virus measures.
The Russian premier went on to criticise businesses for the doubling of unemployment rates since the start of the pandemic, adding they should have held on to their employees during the crisis.
Putin stressed that the rapidly increasing number of coronavirus cases was largely down to the high rates of testing in the country. He said that Russia began the pandemic with 2,500 tests per day, which has now risen to 170,000. Officials plan for this number to be double by next month.
During the address, Putin asked regional government heads to take responsibility for enforcing social distancing measures and for delivering the money promised by the government to those in need.
However, the low death toll and Russia’s methods of logging fatalities have been questioned by the opposition, while doctors have said initial test kits often returned false negative results.
With the majority of cases in and around Moscow, some regions have begun to relax restrictions which have seriously affected the economy.
Sparcely-populated Yakutia, Magadan and Yamal lifted restrictions on being outside and allowed the reopening of some businesses, requiring people to self-distance.
In Moscow, the mayor announced some industries and construction sites can begin work, but masks and gloves will be mandatory starting Tuesday.
More than half of all cases and deaths are in Moscow, the epicentre of Russia’s outbreak.
Five coronavirus patients are killed in Russian hospital fire after ventilator short circuits
Five coronavirus patients died in a Russian hospital blaze early today due to a short circuit igniting a ventilator machine.
An inferno swept through an intensive care Covid-19 ward at St. George City Hospital in St Petersburg. A total of 150 patients were evacuated.
All five people who died were connected to ventilators at the time, it is understood.
Eleven in the same sixth floor ward were rescued and taken to lower floor of the hospital.
‘An electric equipment malfunction, short-circuit failure, is seen as the preliminary reason,’ said an emergency services spokesman.
Fire destroyed 108 square feet inside the hospital after the sudden blaze at 6.20am (4.20am UK time).
The emergency services later said the fire had been localised.
Smoke was seen pouring from the window at the hospital which had been recategorised to cope with coronavirus patients during the pandemic.
It is the second similar fire in three days in Russia.
On Saturday a 95-year-old woman Evdokia Butryakova died in a Moscow hospital when an oxygen balloon supplying a ventilator exploded causing a fire major which led to 295 patients being evacuated.
The charred body of the pensioner was found after the blaze was extinguished at Clinical Hospital 50.
The authorities are examining the causes of both fires.
Published at Tue, 12 May 2020 18:30:45 +0000-Coronavirus Russia: Kremlin spokesman infected, cases hit 232k