MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday it was investigating a coronavirus outbreak in a remote northern region to check if more than 50 people in a hospital had been infected by a doctor.
Russia’s Komi republic, 1,000 km (620 miles) northeast of Moscow, has reported 56 cases of the virus, more than any other region outside Moscow, its surrounding region and St. Petersburg.
Fifty-five of those cases were related to a single hospital in the district of Ezhva in Komi’s regional capital, Syktyvkar, according to a statement by the regional administration.
A coronavirus outbreak could be difficult to control in a region with a less well equipped health service than western Russia.
Russian media have reported that a surgeon could have been the source of the infection and the Investigative Committee which handles major crimes said on Thursday it was investigating.
“Preliminary checks were arranged following media reports that one of the…