Coronavirus hospitalizations in Russia’s St. Petersburg rise by 15% in past week
TASS Russian News Agency | Sep 25, 2020 at 8:28 PM
ST. PETERSBURG, September 25. /TASS/. The number of coronavirus hospitalizations in the Russian city of St. Petersburg rose by 15% in the past week, first deputy head of the city’s health committee Andrei Sarana told reporters on Friday.
“The number of hospitalized patients increased by 220 in the past week, that is, by more than 15.3%,” he pointed out, adding that 11% of hospital beds for coronavirus patients were vacant in the city.
When speaking about the reasons behind the rise in infections, Sarana noted that the city’s residents were reluctant to wear face coverings in public places. Another reason, according to him, is the start of the new academic year.
According to the health committee, 55 patients diagnosed with community-acquired pneumonia and 86 coronavirus patients are hooked up to ventilators in the city.
St. Petersburg has so far identified 41,798 coronavirus patients and has the third highest number of cases nationwide following Moscow and the Moscow region. As many as 28,461 patients have recovered in the city so far and 2,858 have died.
To date, 1,136,048 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 934,146 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 20,056 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.