By Amechi Idumuebor, For Agenda Watchdog, April 12, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Shocking videos and pictures of long lines of ambulances outside Moscow hospitals have emerged as top officials told of an alarming coronavirus crisis in the Russian capital.
Snaking queues of dozens of medical vehicles all with patients showing symptoms of COVID-19 were seen outside city clinics.
There were at least 45 ambulances queuing to deliver patients for treatment in one video as the Kremlin declared a state of emergency in Moscow’s hospitals.
One long line was outside a hospital in Khimki suburb, close to Moscow’s main Sheremetyevo airport.
Another was seen at Hospital No.3 for war veterans in Losinoostrovskoy district.
Patients were waiting as much as 15 hours before they could be seen by doctors.
The Kremlin said on Saturday that a ‘huge influx’ of coronavirus patients was beginning to put a strain on hospitals in Moscow as Russia’s death toll rose to 130.
Moscow and many other regions have been in lockdown for nearly two weeks to stem the contagion, but hospitals in the capital are still being pushed to their limit, officials said.
On Saturday, a tailback of dozens of ambulances was seen queuing outside a hospital handling coronavirus cases in the region immediately outside Moscow, waiting to drop off patients.