Coronavirus hits psychiatric hospital in Russia
The Arkhangelsk state clinical psychiatric hospital was placed under quarantine on Saturday when one of its employees was found to be infected. Since then, at least 70 patients and employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
Dozens of patients and staff have contracted the novel coronavirus at a psychiatric hospital in Russia’s northwestern Arkhangelsk region, leading to a sharp rise in local cases.
According to a report in Interfax on Sunday, the Arkhangelsk state clinical psychiatric hospital was placed under quarantine on Saturday when one of its employees was found to be infected.
She is believed to be a nurse who had recently returned from Moscow, Russia’s Meduza news website quoted an unnamed employee as saying.
At least 70 patients and employees have since tested positive for COVID-19, Interfax cited the regional crisis centre as saying.
Russia has so far reported more than 47,000 coronavirus cases with more than 360 deaths.
Arkhangelsk has now joined a number of other Russian regions that order visitors from Moscow, St. Petersburg and other areas with the highest coronavirus infection rates to spend two weeks in self-isolation. Arkhangelsk reported 68 Covid-19 cases on Sunday -- the fifth-most in Russia that day -- 24 hours after it reported five new cases. It had a total of 114 cases and no deaths by Sunday, according to the crisis centre.
Russia’s officially reported numbers -- which are still relatively lower than those in European countries -- have sparked suspicion. Experts warn that Russia's testing capacity is hampered by bureaucracy, while officials warn that the real number of cases is likely much higher.
The majority of Russia's cases are in Moscow. Since March 30, all of Moscow's 12 million residents have been ordered to stay in their homes with few exceptions.