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Russia Raises 2020 Covid-19 Death Toll By 38% in Grim Admission

  • Statistics service reports 144,691 coronavirus deaths in 2020
  • People who recovered from Covid were also more likely to die
A temporary Covid-19 hospital at the Krylatskoye Ice Palace in Moscow, in 2020. 

A temporary Covid-19 hospital at the Krylatskoye Ice Palace in Moscow, in 2020. 

Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg
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Russia’s statistics agency raised the number of deaths directly attributed to Covid-19 last year by 38%, showing the pandemic’s toll has been worse than acknowledged.

There were 144,691 deaths last year attributed to the coronavirus, up from 104,826 previously reported, according to a Rosstat report released late Friday.