Russia’s COVID Toll Up To 4X Higher Than Reported

The New York Times reports:

Russia saw a jump of 360,000 deaths above normal from last April through December, according to a Times analysis of historical data. Figures for January and February of this year show that the number is now well above 400,000.

In the United States, with more than twice the population of Russia, such “excess deaths” since the start of the pandemic have numbered about 574,000.

By that measure, which many demographers see as the most accurate way to assess the virus’s overall toll, the pandemic killed about one in every 400 people in Russia, compared with one in every 600 in the United States.

Read the full article. Russia official count of COVID deaths was 102,649 as of yesterday.