Because of the coronavirus outbreak, Russia had actually announced the nonworking period until May 11 of 2020. The regions or the federal subjects, had imposed additional quarantine measures to restrict the movement of residents so that they could control the spread of the virus, all their efforts were in vain because the virus spread anyway. The country now records 1.1 million cases totally. As of September 2020, 1.1 million individuals in Russia had been affected by the virus. In so many regions, the population could actually go outside to the nearest grocery store or to even take a walk, or to walk the dog, or to see the doctor. But, in a lot of regions, strict lockdown measures had when implemented. Moscow had actually introduced digital passes which required Russians to register online before they left their house. These measures were actually brilliant, and a lot of them did work, and it did help.
Even though Russia tried so much to control the spread of the virus, it happens to be in the top five highest affected countries in the world. Even though so many people or affected by the virus in this country, the mortality rate is quite low. Around the month of May, Russia had the worlds second-highest number of virus cases. But, it had registered 10 times fewer deaths than Britain, Spain, France and Italy. It is good news indeed, but I am surely wondering how come the mortality rate is so low.
A lot of critics are actually accused Russian authorities of undercounting the number of deaths because of downplay of the scale of the crisis. A lot of people found it hard to believe that the country is underfunded healthcare system is managing better than the ones in the United States of America and even Western Europe. A lot of people accused the authorities of falsifying the numbers. They were counting deaths that are caused directly by the virus and that since the pandemic came much later to Russia, it was actually able to learn lessons from the experiences of western Europe.
A lot of experts have said that the demographic factors also come to play. Russia has had far fewer elderly people who are especially vulnerable to the virus.
This is how Russia accounts. Some countries count every single person who died while infected in the total number of fatalities; others have been known to include cases where the virus is suspected of having played a role and some only count deaths which are directly caused by the virus.
Russia is undoubtedly on the conservative end of the scale, which attributes fatalities to the COVID 19 only when a death can certainly be directly linked to the coronavirus.