Tuesday 15 December 2020

Coronavirus: Russia uses ice rink as field hospital

BBC News shows that Russia's capital is in November 2020 seeing more than 20,000 new cases per day and it has opened five field hospitals to cope with the surge. Sarah Rainsford has been given a rare tour of one of the sites, an ice palace that has been refurbished to house more than 1,000 patients.

Moscow certainly did turn an ice rink into a hospital as Russia's Coronavirus COVID-19 cases were hitting record highs. The authorities in Moscow turned to a temporary hospital built inside an ice rink to handle the influx of COVID-19 patients.

Russia is a country with a population of about 145 million people. The country has started opening temporary clinics and re-purposing hospitals in the capital and other cities to relieve the strain on its important medical system.

In Moscow, the Krylatskoe Ice Palace, known for hosting international speed skating competitions, is now on the frontline after being converted into a temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients.

Moscow seems to be better resourced than other Russian regions. However, authorities in Moscow are still under severe pressure.

More than 1,300 hospital beds equipped with oxygen tanks cover the former ice rink’s 400-metre speed skating track. More than 100 doctors and nurses are deployed.

Read more details here:
Moscow turns ice rink into hospital as Russia's COVID-19 cases hit record

The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is pummeling Russia over recent months. Russia suffers economic woes because of the pandemic. Russia stopped short of bringing back a nationwide lockdown in an effort to save the economy.

Economic problems are happening, such as: unemployment is rising, wages are falling and basic goods are becoming more expensive.

For example, between January and November the price of sugar jumped by 70 percent. The cost of sunflower oil rose by 24 percent and pasta by 10 percent.

Rising inflation has been compounded by the pandemic.

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