The Russian statistical agency (Rosstat) announced on Friday that 23,715 people died in Russia in March due to COVID-19, but the Russian authorities reported a decrease in deaths from coronavirus.
According to Rosstat, 17,457 people directly died as a result of the coronavirus. For 6,258 people who test positive, this virus is not the leading cause of death.
According to Rosstat, as of February, 24,369 people have died from COVID-19.
These numbers push the number of COVID-related deaths to about 250,000 since the start of the epidemic, with the Russian statistics agency registering more than 160,000 in 2020.
This is much higher than the figure taken from daily reports published by the authorities, which then only take into account the autopsy fatalities from COVID, which are 110,128.
However, the Russian authorities assure that the death rate from COVID-19 in the country has decreased.
“If we compare the indicators of March 2021 with the indicators of December and January, (we will see this) in Russia there was a decrease in mortality by 21% compared to December and by 12.9% compared to January,” Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova oversees health care, said the Russian TV channel Russia 1.
Despite a second wave of the deadly coronavirus since the fall, Russian authorities have failed to implement general containment measures to protect an already fragile economy.
The Kremlin expects a vaccination campaign to defeat the epidemic. Russian President Vladimir Putin, 68, received two injections himself in private, away from the cameras.
But Russia, which has more than 4.8 million cases of coronavirus officially reported to date, is still trying to vaccinate its entire population almost five months after the release of its flagship Sputnik V vaccine.
Ms Golikova said this week that 7.7 million Russians received two doses of the vaccine and 12.1 million received their first injection.