Coronavirus in Russia: One month after Putin declared COVID-19 “under control”, Moscow hospitals are running out of beds

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Specialist doctors push a stretcher to a hospital for patients with coronavirus disease on the outskirts of Moscow
Medical specialists push a stretcher probably carrying a human body outside a hospital for patients infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia, April 12, 2020.

TATYANA MAKEYEVA / REUTERS

Moscow – Less than a month ago, Russian state-controlled media showed President Vladimir Putin how the country had successfully contained the new coronavirus and keep the situation “under control”.

Russia then had only a few dozen officially reported cases. A week later, Russia even sent medical aid planes to struggling Italy, and then in the United States and Serbia.

But Russia has now seen an increase in COVID-19 infections, and Putin’s tone has become much less optimistic.



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