2014 Russia's Best GP, Elena Minakova dies of Covid-19

2014 Russia's Best GP, Elena Minakova dies of Covid-19




The 2014 Russia's Best GP, Elena Minakova has died of the novel coronavirus [Covid-19]. The Russian media reported this morning.

Elena Minakova, 57, worked at the Pavlovsk district hospital in the Voronezh region in central Russia. She was also a specialist in cardiology and pulmonology, but had been treating coronavirus patients during the pandemic.

Regional governor Alexander Gusev paid tribute to Minakova, saying she had died "like a hero".

"Many people are grateful to her for helping them conquer this horrible disease," he said. "But unfortunately Elena Vasilyevna could not win her own battle with it."

There were reports in the earlier stages of the pandemic that Russia was facing shortages of PPE and that there were high infection rates among medical staff. A website memorialising healthcare workers currently lists 555 deaths, but Russian authorities insist they have the crisis under control.