12:25 GMT23 January 2021
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    Russia's Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said that the death toll of the flu outbreak stood at 107 people, including four pregnant women and eight children.

    ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — An influenza outbreak has killed 107 people in Russia over the past three weeks, with most death cases attributed to its H1N1 strain, also known as swine flu, Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said Friday.

    "As of yesterday, the death toll stood at 107 people, including four pregnant women and eight children," Skvortsova told reporters at a press briefing. "Yes, it was mostly swine flu," she confirmed.

    None of the victims had been inoculated against flu and all of them delayed seeking medical advice, Skvortsova underscored.

    The Russian health chief warned the media against hyping up the flu epidemic. In comparison, 4,500 people died of heart attack and 6,000 of stroke, while road accidents claimed a further thousand lives over the same period, she said.

    A swine flu epidemic in 2009 killed 687 people in Russia. The H1N1 strain carries a higher risk of fatality compared to the common flu.


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