The Telegraph: Why Dagestan experienced an unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19


Coronavirus has become a real disaster in one of the most densely populated regions of Russia, forcing President Vladimir Putin to promise unprecedented assistance to the inhabitants of Dagestan. Correspondents of The Telegraph are trying to understand why a new virus claimed the lives of several hundred people in this region of the North Caucasus.


Putin admitted that the outbreak in Dagestan is so terrible that "emergency response" measures are needed. He promised to supply medical supplies and help from the military. On Tuesday, when emergency responders went to Dagestan, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin was discharged from the hospital. He spent three weeks there fighting the coronavirus.

According to The Telegraph, Dagestan, a region with a population of three million people, turned out to be ideal soil for the spread of the epidemic. Health care is one of the most underfunded in the Russian Federation. Many health workers die due to lack of personal protective equipment. People usually live in large cohesive communities, which implies close communication. With the end of Ramadan approaching on Saturday, doctors fear new outbreaks of coronavirus in this Muslim region.

According to health officials, in Dagestan there are only 1500 tests for detecting COVID-19 per day, which barely cover the need for testing of health workers. In Moscow, with a population of four times more, more than 40000 are made daily.
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  1. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 20 May 2020 13: 23
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    The Telegraph: Why Dagestan experienced an unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19

    - Personally, I do not believe in any special and "unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19" in Dagestan ... - Most likely - there, as in all Russian regions, the situation is no more and no less ... - Simply, as always, this region is trying to drag the blanket over itself and achieve even greater preferences and subsidies ...
  2. GRF Offline
    GRF 20 May 2020 13: 26
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    Why in Britain with amazing medicine from 250138 during these months only 1099 recovered?

    Why does the telegraph not write about the measures taken?
    I could advise! Although your advice (looking at your situation) would be terrible. But we would know that it’s definitely not worth doing ...

    Why, why - because a pandemic, perhaps the telegraph is not in the know ...