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Coronavirus: US Sends Ventilators to Russia


A U.S. military plane carrying dozens of donated American ventilators to be used to treat coronavirus patients, touches down in Moscow, Thursday, June 4.

The ventilators are the second part of "a humanitarian donation of a total of 200 much-needed U.S.-manufactured ventilators to Russia," valued at $5.6 million, the U.S. embassy in Moscow said May 21 when the first 50 ventilators arrived in Moscow.
READ MORE: Russia's case tally, the world's third highest, rose to 441,108 on Thursday after 8,831 new infections were reported, and 169 more people died in the previous 24 hours.

At 5,384, Russia's death toll is lower than many other countries, sparking debate over the way it counts fatalities.

Russia cites a huge testing program — it says more than 11.7 million tests have been conducted — as the reason for its large number of reported cases, and says many positive cases involve Russians without symptoms of the virus.

On Wednesday, official data showed Russia's second biggest city, St. Petersburg, recorded a death rate last month 32% higher than the previous year, suggesting more people could be dying of COVID-19 than are being reported.

Thursday's aid from the United States, which has fractious geopolitical relations with Russia on a wide range of issues, came after a U.S. Air Force plane delivered the first batch.
LINK: https://www.voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/russia-gets-more-us-ventilators-coronavirus-cases-climb

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