JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russians Sickened by Virus Surge Feel Lucky To Be in Well-Off Moscow” – AFP

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“… Russia’s underfunded and poorly staffed hospitals in the regions beyond Moscow are struggling to cope with a new [Covid-19] surge …. [Russia] has the fourth-highest virus caseload in the world ….  Moscow remains the epicenter of the outbreak, [but] the regions now account for about three-quarters of [Russia’s] overall caseload compared to just under half in the spring. … [S]everal regions, particularly … Siberia, … reported[ly] [face] extreme pressure on emergency services. … [V]ideo … showed bodies piling up in a morgue in … Altai …. Concerned … the situation may further deteriorate, many medical workers are moving to Moscow or … Saint Petersburg … [for] better salaries and working conditions …. Moscow’s Inozemtsev Hospital … has hired about 300 medical workers from around the country. …”

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