A survey of hundreds of medics has revealed that almost 60% do not believe official figures on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in Russia to be accurate.

The poll, carried out for pan-European researchers ESOMAR, found that almost half of the 502 respondents (49%) think the authorities have underestimated the number of cases of coronavirus infection. 47% expressed the view that the number of deaths from the disease are higher than reported.

The official sickness and death figures are trusted by 23% and 21% of doctors respectively, while nine and 11% of respondents actually think that the authorities are overstating the numbers.

More than half of the medics questioned have experience working with patients with Covid-19 symptoms. 16% of them worked directly with those infected by the coronavirus. (RT)