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Russian businessman Boris Aleksandrov, known as the founder of the brand of curd glazed curd snacks “B.Yu. Aleksandrov”, died of the coronavirus. He did not believe in the real danger of Covid-19.
Russian publications, after analyzing closed databases, concluded that the official figures for the incidence of coronavirus and mortality from infection in the country were underestimated. In the Irkutsk region, the former head of the local Ministry of Health was detained on suspicion of supplying low-quality masks to hospitals together with his son. This and other news – in the BBC review.
There are much fewer recovered than sick
During the day in Russia, 26,338 new cases of coronavirus infection were detected, 368 people died. This is the lowest death toll in the past week.
The operational headquarters reported 17,247 recovered per day; over the past couple of days, their number has dropped dramatically, before the number of recovered people was approximately equal to the number of cases per day.
Since the beginning of the pandemic in Russia, Covid-19 has been detected in 2 million 295 654 people, 1 million 778 704 people have recovered. The number of deaths from coronavirus for all time is approaching 40 thousand: 39 895 people.
Died businessman Boris Alexandrov
The president of the Rostagroexport company and the founder of the B. Yu. Aleksandrov cheese brand, 73-year-old Boris Alexandrov, has died of coronavirus, the Russian Union of Dairy Enterprises, which includes Rostagroexport, said.
The businessman died on the night of November 30, his spokesman told Forbes. Aleksandrov had a confirmed coronavirus and was admitted to an infectious diseases hospital.
According to Mash, the businessman was confirmed to have a coronavirus in early November. On November 23, he was hospitalized in serious condition and then connected to a ventilator.
In February 2020, Alexandrov in an interview with Forbes saidthat does not believe in the danger of Covid-19: “This is complete nonsense. These are the grandmothers that China will do by deceiving the whole world. New viruses are emerging every day.”
In recent years, Aleksandrov has lived in Latvia. He moved there, according to RBC, after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Aleksandrov founded the Rostagroexport company in 1994. It produces mainly curd cheeses and processed cheeses. In recent years, the most famous product produced by the companies has become B.Yu. Aleksandrov glazed curd cakes.
Mediazona and Meduza concluded that mortality data were underreported
Journalists “Mediazona” reportedthat received access to the operational interdepartmental base on the development of the coronavirus epidemic in Russia. The mortality figures in it, according to the publication, differ from the figures from the publicly available database on the Stopkoronavirus.rf website.
From April to November in Russia, as stated in the material of “Mediazona”, at least twice as many people died in beds for coronavirus patients than accounted for in the official statistics of the Stopcoronavirus.rf resource for the entire time of the pandemic. After analyzing data from two databases of the Ministry of Health and site data, “Meduza”, conducting an investigation together with Mediazona concludes that there is a systematic underreporting in a number of regions of data on the number of deaths from coronavirus.
Mediazona obtained access to the Coronavirus Information Center (ICC) database when a user who wished to remain anonymous contacted the publication. He demonstrated to the journalists that he has access to the ICC system, and shared with the publication an archive with files from this system.
We are talking about the files “Operational monitoring of the readiness of regional health systems for hospitalization of patients with pneumonia” from March 31 to November 22, as well as the “Summary information on bed readiness” for November 2020, the publication specifies.
In addition to Rosstat, which collects information on mortality from the registry office, there are two more databases that are updated daily with data from hospitals and other medical institutions in each region directly, Meduza writes. This is the base of the ICC and the base of the “Federal Register of Persons with New Coronavirus Infection”.
Some regions, according to the publication, provide underestimated data on mortality from coronavirus to both bases of the Ministry of Health, others report data on a large number of deaths in the ICC, but their data on the publicly available website Stopkoronavirus.rf is “noticeably lower.” There are also regions, the data from which both in the ICC database and on the publicly available website “coincide with each other relatively accurately,” writes Meduza.
Two dozen people fell ill after the first dose of Sputnik V
About 20 people fell ill with coronavirus after the first administration of the coronavirus vaccine, said Vadim Tarasov, director of the Institute of Translational Medicine and Biotechnology at Sechenov University of the Russian Ministry of Health, one of the organizers of clinical trials of the Sputnik V vaccine.
“Now we can reliably say that we have only about two dozen cases when people got sick with Covid, and this is associated with the vaccine. But to say that they were vaccinated and got sick with Covid is also incorrect: most of these people did not receive the second component vaccines did not receive fully developed immunity, “Tarasov explained at a press conference.
A vaccinated person can get sick between the first and second phases of vaccination, since the drug did not have time to induce an immune response, Tarasov said. According to the scientist, immunity is developed only on the 42nd day after the first injection. The second injection is administered 21 days after the first.
Tarasov stressed that none of the first volunteers who received the vaccine before registration in June and who were at Sechenov University during the entire vaccination quarantined, did not get coronavirus.
“Six months have passed since the research was carried out, we are monitoring their condition, none of them got sick. 38 people live in Moscow and the regions with an active social life, work, this, in my opinion, is encouraging information,” Tarasov said.
The creators and researchers of Sputnik have repeatedly emphasized that after the first injection, the drug does not develop immunity, and one can count on it only six weeks after the first injection. The same in the Ministry of Health explained and the recent incidents of three Altai medics after the first injection.
“The immunity of sick doctors who have been vaccinated probably did not have time to form by the time they met the Covid-19 pathogen,” the Ministry of Health said.
The former head of the Ministry of Health of the Irkutsk region was detained on suspicion of supplying low-quality masks
The Investigative Committee detained the former head of the Ministry of Health of the Irkutsk Region, Natalia Ledyaeva. She is suspected of large-scale fraud. She left her position on November 12.
According to the investigation, in May-October Natalya Ledyaeva, her son Ilya Belousov and other defendants in the case stole about 25 million rubles from the regional budget.
The ICR believes that Ledyaeva helped her son and “other persons” win a contract for the supply of medical masks and respirators for hospitals. During this purchase, according to the investigators, they supplied products that did not pass state registration and did not comply with the terms of the contract using forged documents.
The creation of conditions for the conclusion of a state contract by the Ministry of Health of the Irkutsk Region was provided by Natalya Ledyaeva herself, according to the investigation, she was aware that masks that did not meet the conditions of the state contract would be supplied. Searches were carried out at the place of residence of Ledyaeva, the question of a preventive measure is being decided.
Ledyaeva’s son was detained in mid-October. In the fall, the investigation opened a criminal case on the procurement in April of this year of falsified masks for 40 million rubles for three medical institutions in the Irkutsk region.