MOSCOW, may 12 — RIA Novosti. Conscious under-mortality due COVID-19 in Russia, said the representative of the world health organization (who) in Russia, Melita Vujnović.

“This deliberate understatement (mortality due coronavirus)… At this point I don’t see nothing wrong to say that Russia deliberately does not want to report a fatality from the coronavirus” she said in the TV channel “Russia 24”.

on Tuesday, Russia reached second place in the ranking of countries by number of reported cases of COVID-19 — 232 243. The leadership is firmly entrenched in the US — 1 347 936.

Previously, the newspaper the Financial Times reported that the mortality rate from coronavirus in Russia can be more than 70% higher than the official data. According to official data, in April in Moscow and St. Petersburg from COVID-19 died 629 people. However, according to the publication, citing its own analysis in both cities this month died by 72% more people than the average for the last five years: 1841 people in Moscow and 232 in St. Petersburg, total 2073 person.