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MOSCOW (Reuters) – The city of Moscow, after criticizing its original numbers, has released a revised version of its April deaths in coronaviruses that more than doubled the original number using an alternative counting method.
The city initially reported 636 corona virus deaths in April, a number many times lower than in other comparable cities with similar outbreaks. The inequality raised questions among critics, the media and relatives of some deceased.
In a revised version, the Moscow Ministry of Health said in a statement that the toll was 1,561 when 756 people were diagnosed with the coronavirus who died of other causes and 169 people suspected of having the virus despite negative tests .
Such a counting method would take "even controversial, questionable cases into account," it said late Thursday. According to the revised census, the city's mortality rate from the virus ranged from 1.4% to 2.8%.
This would still make the Russian capital's coronavirus mortality rate much lower than in cities like New York and London.
The new counting method has not yet been used to revise the official death toll for Moscow or Russia.
The Moscow city administration, the Kremlin and government officials have previously defended the integrity of Russian coronavirus data. The statistics are strictly based on post-mortems and are more precise than in other countries.
Russia has reported the third highest number of coronavirus cases in the world after the United States and Brazil.
Friday's number rose to 387,623 after officials reported 8,572 new infections and 232 deaths, a daily record increase. The official death toll is 4,374. N2D301V
Data released this month showed that the total number of deaths registered in the capital rose sharply in April compared to the same month last year.
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