Sergei Sobyanin: Moscow doctors are fighting the growing number of COVID-19 cases

December 9, 2020

Moscow clinics have not interrupted any non-COVID routine medical procedures their patients need, Sergei Sobyanin said in an interview with the Week in the City television programme on Rossiya 1. The previously built coronavirus hospitals are expanding their technological and medical capabilities to help more patients with COVID-19. For example, one such hospital housed in pavilion 75 at VDNKh exhibition park has deployed additional beds in its intensive care unit equipped with all the necessary state-of-the-art systems including a medical gas supply system and diagnostic and laboratory equipment.

“We are not taking any hospitals off their regular work. Instead, we will increase the capacity and technological and medical capabilities of the previously established additional coronavirus facilities. For example, at VDNKh, we not only added a thousand regular beds, but also 200 intensive care beds,” Sergei Sobyanin explained.

According to him, Moscow has successfully avoided several negative COVID-19 scenarios, partly because many Muscovites got their seasonal flu shot.

“About 6.5 million people were vaccinated, so today we have no flu outbreak, not anywhere near one. I hope to God the situation stays that way. It is of great help in the fight against COVID, because if a flu epidemic overlaps with COVID – well, that would certainly not be good at all,” Sergei Sobyanin said.

Patients with COVID-19 are admitted to five temporary hospitals operating at the Krylatskoye Ice Palace, the Sokolniki Exhibition Centre, the ATC Moskva, VDNKh and a hospital at City Clinic No. 40 in Kommunarka. Those facilities have a total of over 6,000 beds. In addition, more than 3,000 beds are available in reserve buildings at 15 other city hospitals. Another 3,500 people are being treated at hospitals converted for the coronavirus infection.

Moscow has introduced restrictions to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus infection. People older than 65 and patients with chronic conditions are asked to stay home and work remotely.

Employers must have at least 30 percent of their employees on telework. Pupils in grades 6-11 are studying online, too. Students at colleges and universities, including federal ones, have also switched to online learning. All cultural, exhibition, educational, leisure and entertainment events and shows involving crowds have been suspended. Restaurants and clubs have been ordered to close between 11 pm and 6 am.

In public spaces, wearing face masks and gloves is mandatory, and visitors are asked to keep a distance.


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