In Crimea, morgues can no longer cope with COVID-19 mortality

In Crimea, morgues can no longer handle the inflow of dead bodies due to an increase in mortality among COVID-19 patients, Acting Minister of Health of the region, Konstantin Skorupsky.

On account of the rising mortality rate, all morgue departments in the republic, both forensic and anatomical ones are facing severe problems.

“We intend to purchase modular refrigerators to help the morgues and to keep the bodies of the deceased in more or less proper condition,” Skorupsky said, The Kommersant newspaper wrote. 

He also acknowledged that the local authorities received numerous complaints from residents. who said that the bodies of their deceased relatives that they received from morgues for burial were in bad condition. In particular, such complaints were reported in the city of Simferopol, the official said. 

According to most recent reports, as many as 92,652 cases of coronavirus infection have been reported in the Crimea since the beginning of the pandemic; 2,894 patients have died. In October alone, the daily record for the number of new cases of the coronavirus disease in the republic was updated 23 times, The Kommersant notes.

Russia will reach the peak in the incidence of coronavirus in early November, when the daily increase шт the number of positive cases will make up about 40,000 people, immunologist Nikolai Kryuchkov said, lenta.ru reports. People's careless attitude to anti-epidemic measures may push back this moment, he added. 

Chief specialist in infectious diseases of the Russian Ministry of Health, Professor Vladimir Chulanov, said that Russia did not reach the peak of the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic. According to him, the spread of the infection in the country depends on the level of vaccination and compliance with restrictive measures.

Over the past 24 hours, as many as 37,930 new cases of coronavirus infection have been reported in Russia, the operational headquarters to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease said. This is a new record for the entire period of the pandemic.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Russia has exceeded 8 million. Moscow (7,778), the Moscow region (3,127) and St. Petersburg (2,693) traditionally take the lead in the number of new positive cases.

Over the past day, 1,069 people died of coronavirus throughout the country. More than 1,000 deaths have been identified in Russia for seven consecutive days. COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 231,669 Russian citizens so far.