Russian President Vladimir Putin said this week his country managed to stop the mass spread of coronavirus — and that the situation was “under control,” thanks to early and aggressive measures to keep more people from getting the disease.
Does Russia have coronavirus under control? According to information released by Russian officials, Putin’s strategy seems to have worked. The number of confirmed Russian coronavirus cases is surprisingly low, despite Russia sharing a lengthy border with China and recording its first case back in January.
The numbers are picking up, but Russia — a country of 146 million people — has fewer confirmed cases than Luxembourg, with just 253 people infected. Luxembourg, by contrast, has a population of just 628,000, according to the CIA World Factbook, and by Saturday had reported 670 coronavirus cases with eight deaths.
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WNU Editor: Some doctors in Russia are saying that the Kremlin is covering-up the true numbers of Covid-19 cases …. Doctors in Russia are accusing the government of covering up its coronavirus outbreak and denying them protective equipment (Business Insider). I hope these doctors are wrong. But like these doctors I am also a skeptical person when it comes to news from the Kremlin. But I do know the following. Russia was one of the first to close its borders, and that when coronavirus cases do pop up quarantines are implemented right away. I also know that they are doing a lot of testing (one of my cousins and his daughter were tested a few days ago). I also know that everyone in Russia is telling me that they are preparing for the worst. That what the Russian government has been doing since the beginning of the outbreak is to buy time.
Why is Russia reporting so few COVID-19 cases? Some say it’s a cover-up — ABC News
Russia’s Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Jump to 306 — Moscow Times
Moscow closes gyms, swimming pools & water parks to stop coronavirus from spreading — RT
Russia has reported few coronavirus cases but a sharp spike in pneumonia — Quartz
Why does Russia, population 146 million, have fewer coronavirus cases than Luxembourg? — Mary Ilyushina, CNN