Moscow attributes 3,408 deaths to coronavirus in June

FILE PHOTO: Specialists wearing protective clothing during the disinfection of Platov International Airport during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) near Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on April 15, 2020

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Moscow Health Department announced on Monday that it had recorded 3,408 deaths related to the novel corona virus in June. This contributed to the city's mortality rate rising by almost 42% compared to the same month last year.

The local health agency in Moscow, the area most affected by the pandemic in Russia, said it had 13,128 deaths in June, including 3,408 that were attributed to the coronavirus.

The department identified 1,605 cases where the main cause of death was coronavirus and said 1,803 others had died of other causes while testing positive for the virus.

It added that there were 35% fewer deaths in patients suspected of having the coronavirus in June than in May.

The Moscow health agency attributed 5,260 deaths to the virus in May.

Russia reported 6,537 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, increasing its nationwide number to 733,699, the fourth largest in the world.

According to the authorities, 104 people had died in the past 24 hours, increasing the official death toll in Russia to 11,439.

Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Letter from Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Arrangement from Chizu Nomiyama

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