Russia’s federal statistics agency Rosstat said on Friday that 49,389 people died of the coronavirus in August, more than double the official figure.
This would take the agency’s tally of Kovid-19 deaths in Russia to more than 400,000.
Russia – the world’s fourth worst-hit country in terms of Covid-19 cases – is battling an aggressive delta variant and sluggish vaccination rates.
Rosstat’s figure – released late on Friday – paints a darker picture of the number of pandemic deaths in the country than other figures, with a government tally saying Covid-19 resulted in 24,661 Russians in August. died.
Government figures only take into account deaths where the virus was established as the primary cause of death after autopsy.
Rosstat, however, publishes figures under a broader definition of virus-linked deaths.
Russian officials have been accused of downplaying the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
While the number of daily infections is now rising, Russia recorded several times the daily death toll in August.
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