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Muscovites living longer: Mayor highlights average lifespan now at developed world levels

April 17, 15:09 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The average lifespan of Moscow residents has increased by 3.7 years over a seven-year period and approached the age of 78

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MOSCOW, April 17./TASS/. The average lifespan of Moscow residents has increased by 3.7 years over a seven-year period and approached the age of 78, the city’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said at a session of the Moscow administration presidium on Tuesday.

"We have increased the average anticipated lifespan by 3.7 years over the past seven years, to practically the age of 78. This is the level of developed countries and large cities," he emphasized.

In addition, infant mortality has dropped 66% in this timeframe from 8.4 to 5.6 cases for every 1,000 newborns, and the mortality rate for the working-age population has seen a 28% decrease from 425.5 to 305.5 cases among 100,000 people. "These are unique figures, and it would have been impossible to reach them without serious changes in the healthcare sphere. Still, there are a lot of tasks ahead for improving Moscow’s medicine," the mayor added.

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