Many countries will soon be reviewing how they have previously taken into account mortality from coronavirus. This was stated by the head of the technical group of the emergency department of the World Health Organization (WHO) Maria Van Kerkkhov, RIA Novosti reports.
According to Van Kerkkhov, this will lead to changes in the data on the number of deaths. “I think we can say that in a number of countries there are already audits of the number of deaths. It is important to accept the fact that this may happen, but this is due to a review. So we expect to see a revision of mortality from COVID-19 in many countries, ”explained a WHO specialist.
Director of the WHO emergency health program Michael Ryan, in turn, said that in Russia, the death rate from coronavirus against the background of the total number of detected cases of infection looks unusually low, but this can be explained by a large number of tests in the country. “In Russia, many tests were carried out, they very quickly increased the number of tests. So we see when the number of tests increases, mortality decreases, ”said the representative of WHO.
Earlier, a spokesman for Russian President Dmitry Peskov denied allegations in the Western media that Moscow allegedly underestimates mortality from coronavirus infection in the country. According to him, low numbers are due to the fact that the healthcare system in Russia is more effective and allows you to save the lives of more people.
Russia has switched to a new, WHO-based methodology for counting coronavirus deaths. So, now those cases are taken into account when the COVID-19 infection led to the complication of the underlying disease that caused the patient’s death. In this regard, adjustments have occurred in the federal mortality statistics. As of June 11, in the country since the beginning of the epidemic, 6532 deaths were recorded with 502,436 cases of infection detected.