Moscow introduces new COVID-19 protocols

November 30, 2020

Twelve computerised tomography (CT) centres will open in Moscow to serve patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. They will provide care around the clock, including full diagnostic services and the dispatch of medication. People living together with patients who tested positive for COVID-19 will be testes twice, said Anastasia Rakova, Deputy Mayor for Social Development.

"The situation with the spread of coronavirus in Moscow remains very tense. Today, we recorded a record number of confirmed new cases. Over the past week, we have seen an increase in hospital admissions, with an average of 1,500 to 1,700 people admitted per day. For the third month, the entire autumn, that the Moscow health system is working under enormous pressure. At the same time, today we have a sufficient reserve of beds for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, about 5,000 in total. At the same time, there is an extra burden on polyclinics and outpatient care. We have taken a number of measures aimed at strengthening outpatient care link," said Anastasia Rakova.

She noted that 300 employees of public services centres have been transferred to work at the polyclinics’ call centres, which will improve their operation. The results of the PCR coronavirus tests made in the city’s medical institutions will be delivered via text messages. This week, ci more than 150,000 test results have been sent via text messages.

In conclusion, Anastasia Rakova added that, according to doctors, two-thirds of patients admitted to hospitals were self-medicating. She urged everyone who has symptoms to consult a doctor without delay and reminded that medical institutions are provided with a sufficient amount of medications that are given free of charge to patients who need drug therapy.


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