Doubt being cast on Russian Coronavirus numbers!
Monday saw Russia confirming 8,985 new Novel Coronavirus cases, with the official number of Coronavirus cases now being 476,658.
In the past 24 hours in Russia, 112 people have died because of New Coronavirus and the total death toll in Russia because of the killer virus is now 5,971.
According to officials in Russia, the high Coronavirus count in the country, is because of mass testing that is being done in the country and also as a result of the steady fall in the number of new COVID-19 infections.
But critics are casting doubts on the numbers Coronavirus cases and deaths being reported by Russia. Critics are accusing Russia of under-reporting the number of New Coronavirus deaths.
Critics also accuse Russia of threatening to bring in a new wave of infections in the country, as a result of restrictions being lifted.
Moscow is the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic in Russia and has approximately half of the entire Coronavirus cases in the country.
On Monday, the nine-week lockdown in Moscow was eased and people were allowed to go out of their homes for short walks. Shops were also allowed to reopen.
Russia has now started drawing up Novel Coronavirus lockdown exit plans, so as to be able to bring the economy back on, such was said on Monday, by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.
In a meeting with ministers, Mikhail Mishustin said:
“As the situation changes for the better, it will be necessary to consider the phased lifting of restrictions on the activities of individual organizations and individual entrepreneurs.”
Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin also announced that Russia will start to re-open its borders to let in foreign nationals, beginning with those people who need to enter Russia to take care of their relatives and those who seek medical care.
Meanwhile, there have been reports that Vladimir Putin, Russian President, was in a bunker, waiting out the Coronavirus pandemic. But his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said:
“There are always a lot of rumors and most often they have nothing to do with reality. The president is in his Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow where he lives and works [and] conducts all work events, mainly by video conference.”
“It’s obviously impossible to get a meeting with the president without proper testing. Those who do are tested in one way or another.”