25 Mar 2020 21:30

Two elderly coronavirus patients die in Moscow - operative HQ

MOSCOW. March 25 (Interfax) - Two patients with coronavirus and pneumonia, aged 88 and 73, have died in Moscow, the city's operative headquarters said.

"The patients were aged 88 and 73, they were diagnosed [with coronavirus] while alive. Additionally, their pneumonia was confirmed, and they had accompanying pathologies," the operative headquarters said in a statement on Wednesday.

The website of the Moscow mayor and government updated its coronavirus statistics for Moscow on Wednesday evening.

According to the website, two people have died from coronavirus in Moscow, and this figure was previously zero.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin confirmed the death of two coronavirus patients in Moscow.

"Indeed, that's a fact. They had numerous chronic illnesses, grave cases of pneumonia. [...] Doctors did everything they could, but were unable to save them," he said.

According to the Stopcoronavirus website, as of Wednesday morning, there were no coronavirus fatalities in Russia. The federal operative headquarters also stated the absence of fatalities earlier.

It was reported last week that an elderly patient died in Moscow, her coronavirus test was positive. At the same time, the Moscow authorities later pointed out that the cause of the woman's death was a heart disease and thromboembolism.

Therefore, these two confirmed fatalities in Moscow are the first official deaths from coronavirus in Russia.

A total of 658 coronavirus cases have been detected in Russia as of Wednesday.