90% of Beds for COVID-19 Patients are Filled, Says Health Ministry

90% of Beds for COVID-19 Patients are Filled, Says Health Ministry

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Due to the above-mentioned facts, Oleg Gridnev, the deputy head of the Russian Ministry of Health, said that the in-patient sector for treating the coronavirus infection in Russia was put on track in the first half of 2020. However, in his opinion, the out-patient sector is “suffering noticeably.”

The caseload of health centers and the ratio, to which the so-called “hospital stock” is filled, are the indicators that the Russian authorities are going to rely on when they decided on whether or not to introduce new restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus infection. Meanwhile, the situation with these indicators looks alarming in Russia.

According to Oleg Gridnev, at present, the bed capacity for patients diagnosed with COVID-19 is almost 90% full. His statement was cited by the RIA Novosti news agency. In other words, Russia has about 10% of free beds for treatment of patients with confirmed COVID-19. At the same time, Gridnev said that about 20% of patients occupying these beds were diagnosed with a mild form of the decease and could be treated at home. Therefore, the national healthcare system still has a certain margin of safety.

Due to the above-mentioned facts, in Gridnev’s opinion, the in-patient sector for treating the coronavirus infection cases was set up in the first half of 2020. However, in his opinion, the out-patient sector is “suffering noticeably.”

It is noteworthy that a little earlier, Anastasia Rakova, the deputy mayor for social development in Moscow, told reporters that the Russian capital had gradually stopped using reserve beds for COVID-19 patients. In addition, according to Rakova, in the future, emergency and elective medical care will be provided to Russian patients on a full-scale basis.

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