MOSCOW, April 9. /TASS/. Patients diagnozed with obesity are more likely to get severe symptoms of COVID-19, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said in an interview with the Vesti program on the Rossiya-1 TV channel.
"It is true, the older generation, people over 60-65 years of age, develop more severe symptoms, especially patients with serious physical conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, coronary heart disease, respiratory illnesses, bronchial asthma, diabetes. Obese patients develop very severe symptoms," he said.
In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.
On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 1,500,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 88,000 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far over 331,000 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.
To date, a total of 10,131 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 698 patients having recovered from the virus. Moscow accounts for the majority of cases (6,698). Russia's latest data indicates 76 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.