A doctors’ union in Russia accused authorities of disguising the extent of the country’s coronavirus outbreak.
The head of the Alliance of Doctors trade union said in a video that officials were classifying coronavirus deaths as pneumonia deaths.
The video also alleged that doctors were being made to treat patients without protective gear, risking spreading the virus further.
Hospital officials have strongly denied the claims and suggested that the union leader was trying to discredit the medical profession in Russia.
So far, Russian officials have said there are about 250 coronavirus infections and one death in the population of about 145 million.
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Doctors in Russia say the government is covering up coronavirus cases in the country and forcing medical staff to treat infectious patients without protective equipment.
Anastasia Vasilyeva, the head of Russia’s Alliance of Doctors trade union, voiced the accusation in a video published on Thursday.
She called on Russian…