The number of people infected and dead from the country’s coronavirus is rising rapidly. Officials say hospitals are having a hard time keeping up with the load. President’s spokesman: “This is an emergency.” In the state, dozens of ambulances are waiting outside the hospital for more than 15 hours
Troubling documentation of the Corona crisis in Russia: After weeks of Russia’s situation in coping with the country’s spreading coronavirus remains under fog, the Kremlin declared a national emergency on Sunday. Pictures and videos of dozens of ambulances, carrying corona patients, queuing at state hospitals, have flooded social networks in recent hours. One of the ambulance drivers said he had been waiting at the hospital for more than 15 hours. The number of people infected in the country is over 15,770 and the number of dead is 130.
The documentation shows at least 45 ambulances queuing for a Moscow hospital, including residents carrying various symptoms of the coronavirus awaiting medical treatment. One of the longest queues was outside a hospital in the Khimki suburb near “Sharmatibu,” the city’s main airport. Another line of ambulances was seen adjacent to the Veterans Hospital in Lucinodetrovsky County.
In a video taken by a local whose apartment is located opposite the hospital in Himki, it says: “All these ambulances carry Corona patients – think about it, each one needs to be hospitalized. It takes about 20 minutes for a person, and there are so many ambulances.” The Kremlin was told on Saturday that the death toll from the country had risen to 130 and that a huge influx of patients had begun arriving in Moscow hospitals. State officials said state hospitals are reaching the limit of their capacity. Although Moscow and many other regions have been under curfew for the past two weeks, “The situation in Moscow and St. Petersburg is quite tense because the number of patients is increasing,” Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov said in an interview with a local TV station.
President Putin’s spokesman said the hospitals in the capital face tremendous difficulty in dealing with the plague: “They are in an emergency.” The spokesman also added that although the president was reported to have met with a doctor who had been diagnosed with the virus, Putin’s condition was “excellent”.