Russia's mortality rate up 1.5-2% since start of 2020: Ifax cites health minister

FILE PHOTO: Russian Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko speaks during a demonstration prior to the opening of a new section for treatment of patients, affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at N.I. Pirogov National Medical and Surgical Centre in Moscow, Russia April 3, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s mortality rate has risen by an estimated 1.5-2% since the beginning of 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency on Friday.

He did not specify a point of comparison for the data.

As of Thursday, Russia had reported 661,165 coronavirus cases and 9,683 deaths.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Alexander Marrow; editing by John Stonestreet