MOSCOW, June 27. /TASS/. The Russian space agency’s (Roscosmos) aircraft carrying medical specialists of the Russian Federal Medical and Biological Agency has landed in Baikonur to help beat the coronavirus in the namesake town, Roscosmos told TASS on Saturday.
"Today, on June 27, a special plane of the Roscosmos State Corporation arrived at Baikonur’s Krainy Airport with a medical team of specialists from Russia’s Federal Medical and Biological Agency on board," the state corporation’s press office said.
Roscosmos added that the aircraft also brought ventilators, 2,000 kits of personal protective equipment and a required amount of medicines.
According to the press office, Roscosmos and the Federal Medical and Biological Agency are doing everything possible to mitigate the spread of coronavirus in Baikonur consisting of the namesake town and the space hub, which are located in Kazakhstan. Six infectious disease specialists and eight critical care physicians are currently working at the Baikonur hospital.
On Friday, the Baikonur authorities reinstated strict curbs over the coronavirus resurgence. In particular, the town was put in lockdown and a night curfew was declared.
Baikonur Mayor Konstantin Busygin said addressing the town residents that the town was facing a shortage of doctors and ambulance crews. Dmitry Cheprasov, the hospital’s chief doctor, confirmed that ambulances and therapists cannot visit the sick people timely, but added that "they will surely come and help." He pointed out that Baikonur has enough resources to beat coronavirus.
In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.
On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 9,795,974 people have been infected worldwide and more than 496,689 deaths have been reported.
To date, 627,646 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 393,352 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 8,969 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.