Between January and May 2020, St. Petersburg recorded 20,537 cases of community-acquired pneumonia, which is 2.7 times more than during the same period in 2019.
St. Petersburg also registered 27,878 deaths from February to May 2020, which is 2,148 times more than during the same period in 2019.
According to the newspaper Fontanka, the St. Petersburg Health Committee has stated that community-acquired is the main complication arising from the novel coronavirus and confirmed that the increase in pneumonia is associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
"High incidences of pneumonia are not typical for summer months, that's why the difference in incidence rates is so significant compared to previous years," the agency said.
The committee added that not all patients with community-acquired pneumonia were confirmed to have the coronavirus following laboratory tests. "Many people were diagnosed on the basis of a typical clinical picture and CT data," the committee explained.
According to data from Russia's federal coronavirus task force, there have been 30,100 confirmed coronavirus cases in St. Petersburg since the start of the pandemic, which have led to 1,881 deaths and 22,714 recoveries.
The city reported 7,106 deaths in June 2020 alone, marking the city's highest recorded mortality rate for that month since 2011.
5,862 new cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in 83 Russian regions over the past 24 hours. The country's total COVID-19 patient population stands at 789,190 as of July 23.