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Each fifth coronavirus patient needs hospitalization, says expert

Such statistics are applicable to cases when people encounter the "wild" virus

MOSCOW, January 22. /TASS/. Each fifth COVID-19 patients needs hospitalization, and five percent need intensive care, Alexander Gorelov, a deputy director of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology, said on Friday.

"Regrettably, 20% of coronavirus patients have serious forms of the disease and need hospitalization and five percent need intensive care," he said in an interview with the Doctor television channel.

According to Gorelov, such statistics are applicable to cases when people encounter the "wild" virus. In the case of vaccination, people don’t receive living viruses and, hence, cannot contract the disease after vaccination. "The infection process is simulated artificially and proceeds in a controlled manner. The virus used in the vaccine is weakened to an extent that is enough to stir the immune system’s interest to make it develop antibodies. So, body temperature rise is possible," he explained.

According to the latest statistics, nearly 97.5 million people have been infected worldwide and more than two million deaths have been reported.

To date, 3,677,352 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 3,081,536 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 68,412 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.