New Data Suggests Russia Had Third Highest COVID-19 Death Toll in 2020

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  • Russia's state statistics service on Monday reported 162,429 COVID-19 deaths in Russia last year, a tally that is considerably higher than reported estimates
  • This figure amounts to the world's third highest death toll from COVID-19 in 2020
  • The new data reveals that the actual death toll is nearly three times higher than the 57,555 deaths recorded in 2020 by Russia's health officials
  • The data could renew questions about how Russia calculates its COVID-19 death toll and how the country is really handling the pandemic
  • The figure comes behind the United States' and Brazil's COVID-19 death tolls for last year