Thursday. 30.03.2023

Russia confirms first coronavirus death

A 79-year-old woman was the first death related to coronavirus in the neighbouring country. Some Finnish hockey players are back home.
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Russia has confirmed its first death related to the coronavirus pandemic, Moscow's coronavirus response headquarters reported on Thursday.

So far, Russian authorities have reported 147 cases of coronavirus but this is the first death.

According to Russian media, the unnamed 79-year-old woman was first hospitalized on 13 March in Moscow. On 16 March, after testing positive for coronavirus, she was moved to an isolated hospital room.

Svetlana Krasnova, the head physician at Moscow’s Infectious Diseases Hospital No. 2 said, “The elderly patient had a number of chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, artery disease and hypertension. The patient was given comprehensive intensive care.”


Russian media stated that KHL players Teemu Hartikainen, Juha Metsola and Sakari Manninen flew back to Helsinki. Linus Omark flew to Sweden and Philip Larsen to Denmark.

Foreign players decided to return home after the KHL playoffs were suspended until 10 April due to the coronavirus. Salavat Yulayev Ufa, for its part, had decided to let its player go on vacation until 30 March.

Also some NHL players went back to Finland. Sebastian AhoTeuvo Teräväinen, Mikko Rantanen, Patrik Laine and Roope Hintz have already been reported to be back home.

Russia confirms first coronavirus death