Americans questioned Russian COVID statistics
Excessive mortality rates cast doubt on claims that Russia is better than many other countries in the world in coping with the pandemic and its aftermath.
The excess mortality in Russia during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the New York Times, in April-December 2020 was 28% higher than usual.
For April – December 2020, according to the NYT, in Russia, the excess mortality rate was 362 thousand 302 people. At the same time, according to official data, from April to December 2020, 57 thousand 2 people died from coronavirus in Russia.
For comparison, the publication cites data on excess mortality in the United States. From mid-March to December 2020, the excess mortality in the United States, whose population is almost two and a half times that of Russia, was 385,100 people, including 316,370 deaths associated with COVID-19. The excess mortality rate in the United States is 17%.
The excess mortality rates, according to the New York Times article, cast doubt on the statements of Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia is better than many other countries in the world to cope with the pandemic and its consequences.