The official figures today were 6718 new infections, bringing that total to 667,883; and 176 deaths, raising that total to 9859 (t.me/COVID2019_official/948). But independent analysts say the death total is at least 15,072, more than 50 percent greater than Russian officials acknowledge (zona.media/coronagraph).
And health minister Mikhail Murashko said that only 40 doctors in Russia had died from the coronavirus, far longer than others have reported. He did acknowledge that the causes of a number of other deaths from infections are still under investigation and that the total could change (interfax.ru/russia/715741).
But the minister did say that he does not believe Russia will be able to return to a normal existence until February 2021 at the earliest, an assessment that is significantly less optimistic than those being offered by Vladimir Putin (interfax.ru/russia/715739).
Pandemic problems continued across Russia. A Moscow election official who handled voting in the referendum this past week has been diagnosed with the coronavirus and may have infected numerous people who took part (tvrain.ru/teleshow/vechernee_shou/uik_korona-511797/).
And Russian consumer affairs monitors said today that there had been more than 500 cases of the violation of anti-epidemic recommendations at airports over the last three weeks (kommersant.ru/doc/4399954?tg).
And the Krizis-Kopilka portal lists the following problems facing the Russian economy: growing budget deficits, devaluation, overdue loans, falling interest rates on deposits, a worsening investment crisis, possible new sanctions by the US, and a collapse of the Russian currency and debt markets (krizis-kopilka.ru/archives/77841).