MOSCOW, July 8. /TASS/. About 112,000 patients are being treated for COVID-19, a disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in Russian hospitals, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Wednesday.
"We have a certain morbidity rate, although a controlled one, but we have it. In general, 112,000 people are on hospital beds as of today," he said in a televised interview on the Russian channel Rossiya'1.
Therefore, nearly 50% of all the patients are being treated in hospitals now, according to the minister. The anti-coronavirus crisis center reports that active cases amount to 217,600 across Russia.
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 11,965,900 people have been infected worldwide and more than 547,000 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 6,913,000 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.
To date, 700,792 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 472,511 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia's latest data indicates 10,667 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.