New data released by Russia revealed that, in 2020, the year the Covid-19 pandemic began, mortality in the country increased by 19%, painting a grimmer picture than previously published in official coronavirus statistics.
On Tuesday, Russian government statistics agency Rosstat released final confirmed demographics for 2020. According to official numbers, deaths in the country totaled 2340,300 over the previous year, rising to 2,138,586.
Of these additional deaths, only 144,700 deaths (42.5%) were attributed to Covid-19. This new figure is considerably worse than the figures presented by Russian official sources previously on the coronavirus, which reported on January 1 that only 57,555 people had died from the coronavirus.This means that the deaths were almost triple, in Russia, compared to than previously thought.
The latest published numbers also clash with comments from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova, who said more than 81% of the increase in mortality in 2020 can be attributed to Covid-19.
According to official data, there is a significant increase in deaths caused by "diseases of the circulatory system" (+ 90k, + 11%), pneumonia (+ 34k, + 143%) and "diseases of the nervous system" (+ 21k, up by 21%). Many of these diseases are also seen in people who have died of Covid-19 and may have been caused by the virus.
Deaths from "old age" also increased significantly (+ 17k, up 20%).
Unlike most Western countries, Russia's official tally includes only deaths "from coronavirus" rather than "from coronavirus" , which means that many of those who have lost their lives to other diseases caused by Covid-19 they may have been classified as coronavirus deaths in other nations, but, at the same time, it also means greater seriousness in defining the causes of death.
Russia's counting method does not match official guidelines published by the World Health Organization, which specifically notes that all deaths could be counted as being caused by the virus "unless there is a clear alternative cause of death that cannot be related to COVID-19 disease. "
Russia also saw an increase in deaths due to increased alcohol consumption (+3,008, + 6.3%) and mental health disorders (+4,719, 24%), potentially caused by indirect and "non clinical "of the pandemic.
If the official Covid-19 figure is accepted as genuine, 144,700 deaths in 2020 put Russia at around 990 deaths per million population. This would put Russia just behind countries like the UK (1,157 per million) and the United States (1,151 per million).
However, it must be said that the Russian count, in the end, was the most serious and also allows us to evaluate any non-pulmonary effects of Covid-19, which, with the WHO method, are instead hidden.
This is a machine translation of a post published on Scenari Economici at the URL https://scenarieconomici.it/in-russia-il-covid-19-ha-fatto-piu-morti-di-quanto-si-pensasse/ on Wed, 16 Jun 2021 06:00:09 +0000.