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January 20, 2022, 15:14

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The work of city polyclinics has been strengthened – first of all, the staff of doctors on duty has been expanded to receive patients with symptoms of SARS.

The proportion of citizens hospitalized with COVID-19 does not exceed 10 percent of the total number of cases. This was reported Anastasia Rakova, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Development, Head of the Operational Headquarters for Control and Monitoring of the Coronavirus Situation in Moscow.

“As we expected, due to the spread of the Omicron strain in Moscow, a significant increase in the incidence of COVID-19 continues. Over the past week, the number of new cases has more than doubled, over the past two weeks – 2.7 times. Taking into account the properties of the new version of the virus, its contagiousness, the trend towards an increase in the incidence will obviously continue. Despite this, the number of hospitalizations increased by only 10.5 percent in a week, and the proportion of hospitalized patients from the number of cases identified over the past four days remains stable and does not exceed 10 percent. We are closely monitoring the development of the situation and preparing for different scenarios. Earlier, we significantly strengthened the work of city polyclinics – first of all, we expanded the staff of doctors on duty to receive patients with symptoms of SARS,” she said.

According to Anastasia Rakova, today the city retains a sufficient amount of inpatient facilities – out of 14,000 beds for patients with coronavirus, only 50 percent are occupied.

Much attention is paid to testing for coronavirus infection. For this, all conditions have been created in the capital – about 12 thousand rapid tests for COVID-19 are carried out daily, while the capacities allow up to 17-20 thousand rapid tests per day.

As the Vice Mayor added, there are 17 city laboratory centers and seven private laboratories in Moscow for the diagnosis of COVID-19 by PCR. They process 50-52 thousand samples daily, but if necessary, their capacity can be increased to 60 thousand per day.

Also, from 12,000 to 15,000 ELISA tests are performed daily to determine the level of antibodies to a new coronavirus infection. If necessary, their number can also be increased.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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