Dozens of ambulances queue up to Moscow hospital as Russian virus-related death at 106Record ID: 1468957
- Title: Dozens of ambulances queue up to Moscow hospital as Russian virus-related death at 106
- Date: 11th April 2020
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (APRIL 11, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF AMBULANCES WAITING FOR THEIR TURN TO ENTER TERRITORY OF HOSPITAL AMBULANCE DRIVER WALKING AMBULANCE DRIVER WEARING MEDICAL MASK, PERSON BEHIND CAMERA ASKS (Russian) "You are the first to enter. How long have you been here?" DRIVER SHRUGS VARIOUS OF AMBULANCES DRIVING INSIDE HOSPITAL TERRITORY AMBULANCES IN LINE AMBULANCE DRIVER MEDICAL WORKER INSIDE AMBULANCE VARIOUS OF ENTRANCE TO HOSPITAL WHERE CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS ARE TREATED VARIOUS OF MAN IN PROTECTIVE GEAR SPRAYING DISINFECTION SOLUTION AT UNDERGROUND CROSSWALK VARIOUS OF MAN IN PROTECTIVE GEAR SPRAYING DISINFECTION SOLUTION CAR WASHING STREET, DRIVING PAST KREMLIN VARIOUS OF VEHICLE DRIVING INSIDE KREMLIN WOMAN WALKING DOG MOSCOW CITY DISTRICT VARIOUS OF FINE ARTS MUSEUM BUILDING, WOMAN ON PAINTING REPRODUCTION WEARING BLACK MASK
- Keywords: ambulance disinfection healthcare system lockdown system capacity
- Reuters ID: LVA001C91QWJR
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Duration: 00:02:57
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: The Kremlin on Saturday (April 11) said the outbreak of the new coronavirus was flooding hospitals in Moscow as the country's overall death toll rose to more than 100.
Russia has so far reported 13,584 cases of the virus, and the authorities said on Saturday that 12 new coronavirus-related deaths in the last day had pushed the casualty toll to 106.
Moscow and many other regions have been observing lockdowns in a bid to stem the contagion, but the measures have not stopped hospitals in the capital from being pushed to their limit with incoming coronavirus patients, the authorities have said.
On Saturday a Reuters witness saw dozens of ambulances lined up outside a hospital dedicated to the treatment of coronavirus cases in the Moscow region as they waited to drop off patients.
One ambulance driver said he had stood idle for 15 hours outside the hospital to drop off a patient suspected of being infected with the virus.
"The situation in both Moscow and St. Petersburg, but mostly in Moscow, is quite tense because the number of sick people is growing," Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with state television, Russian news agencies reported.
"There is huge influx of patients. We are seeing hospitals in Moscow working extremely intensely, in a heroic, emergency mode."
He added that it would become clearer in the few weeks whether the country when the country would be approaching the peak of the outbreak.
Sergei Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, said on Friday that the city was far from having reached the peak of the outbreak, saying it merely its "foothills."
The authorities in Moscow are set to introduce a system of permits for movement starting next week to help enforce the lockdown.
On Saturday increase police presence was visible on the streets of Moscow. The traffic police had set up check points on major thoroughfares on the limits of the city but were not systematically carrying out checks.
Russia has so far recorded fewer cases of the new coronavirus than many Western European countries, but its tally began to rise sharply this month.
Officials until late last month were saying the situation was under control and that there was no epidemic in the country.
(Production: Gennadiy Novik, Dmitry Madorsky, Dmitry Turlyun)
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