Moscow might face a shortage of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients if residents fail to comply with anti-coronavirus measures, Moscow Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova told the Rossiya-1 TV channel, APA reports citing TASS.
"At present, we have the required reserves. But let’s be frank, the number of hospital beds is always limited. And no matter how many of them we create, they all might be occupied at some point. Today you refuse to wear a face mask. Tomorrow, there might be no place for your relative [in hospital]," she said.
Rakova said Moscow authorities had decided to set up temporary medical facilities instead of refitting the existing hospitals for coronavirus patients in order to keep the process of elective medical care in the Russian capital uninterrupted.
"This spring, we had to refit the bulk of our hospital facilities for treating novel coronavirus. As a result, we had to suspend elective medical care to other patients," she said, adding that it was technically hard to convert ordinary medical wards into the ones able to house patients with infectious diseases.