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Moreover, some Russian hospitals are experiencing serious drugs shortages and cannot restock because of panic buying, high demand and problems with a new labelling system, officials, distributors and doctors have said.
Russia, which has reported the world’s fifth-highest number of cases, is struggling to cope with a second wave and the healthcare system outside Moscow is close to breaking point, Reuters reports.
Head doctors call me every few minutes and beg for medicine. They have nothing to treat patients. And I have nothing for them to deliver.
We know that there is a shortage in certain regions, this is unacceptable. The government is making very vigorous efforts to prevent this.
Russia has recorded it worst daily caseload increase, with 24,318 new infections on Friday. That includes 6,902 in the capital Moscow and brings the national tally to 2,039,926.
Authorities also reported 461 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the official death toll to 35,311.