COVID-19 becomes main cause of 543 deaths in Moscow in September, 21% more than in August

TASS Russian News Agency | Oct 23, 2020 at 8:10 PM

MOSCOW, October 23. /TASS/. Coronavirus infection in September became the main or the concomitant cause of 1,569 fatalities in Moscow, while in 543 cases patients died precisely because of it, the website of Moscow's healthcare department reported on Friday.

"COVID-19 as a main or concomitant cause of death was recorded in 1,569 cases <...>. In September, due to COVID as the main cause of death 543 people died. This is 21% more than in August (431), but at the same time almost three times less than in June (1605). This also includes the cases when with a negative test (both intra vita and post mortem), according to the results of the pathological study and the analysis of clinical signs, the coronavirus was established as the cause of death (93 people). Thus, all [cases] were registered as COVID, even the disputable ones," the statement said.

It specified that the lethality of the coronavirus infection in Moscow since the beginning of the pandemic is from 2.3% to 5%, depending on the method of calculation.

Over 1,000 people in September died of other causes yet with a positive test for the presence of the coronavirus, while the virus influenced significantly the development of the main illness and its deadly complications in 509 cases. In all, in September 2020, in Moscow, according to operational data, about 11,200 deaths were registered.

A set of measures has been introduced in Moscow to contain the spread of the coronavirus infection. Since October 19, grades 6-11 of Moscow schools switched to distance learning for two weeks. People over 65 and residents with chronic illnesses should remain at home. A system of social services has been launched for them. One can order delivery of basic necessities, medicines, and food products by calling a hotline. Additionally, companies shifted no less than 30% of their staff, as well as Moscow residents over 65 and people with chronic illnesses to working remotely.