Sergei Sobyanin: Medical system coping, but the situation getting tenser each day

November 28, 2020

In the past few days, the city has been hospitalising more COVID-19 patients and recording new cases. The number of new cases and hospitalised patients is up six percent and three percent, respectively, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced live on Russian 24 television channel.

“This, of course, increases the strain on the work of the entire medical system, including ambulance teams, outpatient clinics, our hospitals, etc. On the whole, the system is coping, but this work is becoming more intensive every day,” Mr Sobyanin said.

In the past 24 hours, the number of new hospital admissions exceeded the number of patients discharged by 200. Most patients are being treated at outpatient clinics. According to Mr Sobyanin, more new cases are being recorded than during the spring season. This is linked with seasonal diseases, acute respiratory viral infections and flu.

“Some doctors also hoped that patients would cope more easily because the virus allegedly loses its strength while passing from person to person. Unfortunately, this is not the case. As before, 10-11 percent of all hospitalised patients require intensive care. Consequently, it is impossible to say that the COVID-19 virus has become less insidious,” he added.

Those with coronavirus symptoms, such as a cough, runny nose and high fever, should call a doctor from an outpatient clinic or dial 103. Self-treatment is dangerous. Specialists alone can prescribe medications. The city provides COVID-19 patients with free medications.

“Only doctors prescribe COVID-19 medications that are delivered to patients free of charge. People should not run from chemist to chemist and buy lots of medicines. There was frenzied demand for ordinary medications which are, nevertheless, available at most chemists,” Mr Sobyanin added.

The city is doing its best to provide enough anti-viral preparations, antibiotics and other popular medications. A special system that has been created for this purpose will start operating soon.

“We have created a system for monitoring the provision of popular medications, and they are mostly available all over the city. Together with the Federal Tax Service, we are now creating an online system that will make it possible to monitor the provision of these medicines at every chemist’s shop. We will upgrade this system within a week or two, so that it will function smoothly,” Mr Sobyanin added. 

The city has introduced restrictions to check the spread of the infection. People over 65 and those with chronic diseases should stay at home and also work from home.

Employers should instruct at least 30 percent of their staff to work from home.

Sixth-11th grade pupils are studying remotely. Students of colleges and higher education institutions, including federal institutions, are also studying from home. They city has suspended all cultural events, exhibitions, entertainment events and shows involving spectators. Restaurants and clubs are not allowed to receive customers between 11 pm and 6 am.

People are obliged to wear face masks and gloves in public places and also maintain social distancing. The special project provides additional information about coronavirus prevention and treatment methods.


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