Over the past two days, the number of admitted COVID-19 patients has been lower than the number of those discharged – Sobyanin

November 3, 2020

“Over the past few weeks, the growth of the main indices has slowed down by almost ten times. This week, we see numbers that do not exceed the ones from the previous week. It means that the process has stabilised in Moscow and that there has been no escalation. What is most important, we need to maintain this pace and then gradually lower it,” the Moscow Mayor said.

Some 1,200 people per day get admitted to hospitals in Moscow, and approximately the same number of people get discharged. At the same time, the load on hospital beds has somewhat lowered over the past two days. For the first time in a long period, the number of admitted patients was lower than the number of those discharged.

“If we can keep this pace, more hospital beds will be vacated. These are not just numbers, but a guarantee that each Muscovite will be provided with prompt medical care and there will be no lack of hospital beds; such a thing is impossible for Moscow,” Sergei Sobyanin said.

Photo by Press Service of the Mayor and Moscow Government

Moscow has been deploying additional capacities for combatting COVID-19: it has opened reserve and temporary hospitals at VDNKh, at the Moskva car dealership, as well as at Kommunarka and other clinics.

As of now, some 2,700 patients are being treated at these hospitals. Some reserve hospitals even surpass regular ones in terms of equipment and medical personnel, because they were created specially for COVID-19 patients.

Sergei Sobyanin also noted that the capital has ample drugs to fight coronavirus: “Moscow is 100 percent equipped with all the necessary drugs for treating patients at home. Hospitals should only admit those whose condition is worrisome and who might need intensive care and additional treatment and oxygen.”

Masks and remote working

People’s attitude towards masks and gloves in public spaces has changed. “90 percent of Muscovites comply with the requirements to wear masks and gloves on the metro, public transport, and some 80 percent comply with the requirements to wear them in stores. In Moscow, these requirements are strictly controlled, including by the police, which inspects shopping malls, stores and other places,” Sergei Sobyanin noted.

He also said that a large part of Moscow residents is now working remotely. As of today, this constitutes roughly 1.2 million people, or 10 percent of the Moscow population. That people are working remotely brings positive results because most often people contract the virus at work.

“We see that people are most likely to catch the virus in the office. Imagine huge open space offices, open platforms where 50-70 people are working at the same time. Sometimes even entire floors get infected,” the Moscow Mayor noted.

If there is a small number of people in the office, it would be easier for them to keep their distance from one another. The requirement to transfer at least 30 percent of employees to remote working has been extended until 29 November.

Photo by Maxim Denisov, Mos.ru

In addition, students from the 6th-11th grades will study remotely until 8 November, and city facilities for additional training, recreational facilities for children and organisations subordinate to the Moscow Government will be closed for another month, until 29 November.

Recommendations for people over 65 and those with chronic diseases to stay home have been extended until the end of November. According to statistics, such people have a higher chance of graver consequences from coronavirus, so the city is trying to keep them out of danger.

Source: mos.ru

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