A surprising statement was made on February 16 by the head of the regional department of Rospotrebnadzor, Natalya Bashketova. Summing up the results of more than two years of the pandemic in St. Petersburg, she said:
“Everything that the service does in this city is done for people, it is done in the name and for the benefit of sanitary and epidemiological well-being. Maybe some decisions were perceived differently, but this was due to necessity. And we have passed two years practically, in general, without significant economic, human - most importantly, losses.
For these "successes" Bashketova was thanked by the Legislative Assembly of the city.
Meanwhile, statistics say that the pandemic claimed the lives of 32.5 thousand Petersburgers, which, of course, is “insignificant”.
And some more "insignificant" figures of this kind are cited in her publication by a Petersburger Vera Sokolinskaya :
- Peter spent 165 billion rubles to fight the epidemic.
- To support business - 37 billion rubles.
- The tourism business of St. Petersburg in 2020 lost 282 billion rubles. The flow of tourists fell by 70%.
- The turnover of public catering in St. Petersburg in 2020 fell by 30%. 480 establishments closed.
- Only official inflation in St. Petersburg in 2020 amounted to 4.7%, in 2021 - 8.7%.
- Excess mortality in 2021 compared to 2019 in the city was more than 40%.
The birth rate in 2021 was almost 10% lower than in 2019.
- 34,000 people underwent rehabilitation in hospitals in St. Petersburg after suffering from covid.
- The market of funeral services in St. Petersburg has grown to 13 billion rubles in 2021. Before covid, he pulled 6 billion rubles..."
It is curious that the Russian media published data on the discrepancy between Bashketova's declared income and her real standard of living. Probably, this can explain such optimism of the official about the outcome of the pandemic.
“Yes, the faces of those who come to power change terribly. The evolution is so radical that even the façade cannot be preserved”, - sums up Sokolinskaya.