14 Oct 2020 18:40

Nearly quarter of hospital beds specifically designated for Covid-19 patients vacant in Russia now - Deputy PM Golikova

MOSCOW. Oct 14 (Interfax) - As of Wednesday morning, 24% of all hospital beds designated specifically for Covid-19 patients were unoccupied across Russia, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said on Wednesday.

"As of this morning, 24% of [hospital beds] remained vacant," Golikova said at a conference with government ministers, which was hosted by President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

"This is the number of vacant beds deployed specifically for Covid-19," she said.

A total of 177,700 Covid-19 hospital beds have been deployed in Russia now, of which 103,000 have oxygen supply and 26,400 are provided with ventilators, she said.

According to official reports, the cumulative number of coronavirus infection cases recorded across Russia reached 1,340,409 (+1.1%) as of October 14. As many as 23,205 people diagnosed with Covid-19 have died and 1,039,705 have recovered and been discharged from the hospital, including 7,920 patients discharged over the past 24 hours alone. Another 276,164 patients remain under medical supervision.