the Head of Rosstat Pavel Malkov in an interview with RBC explained why these departments and the operational headquarters for the April deaths from COVID-19 diverge. He said that one of the reasons is the different methodology of calculation.
— Operational staff provides operational data. Of course, there are relevant data on morbidity and operative mortality data, which are manually entered into this system, — told Pavel Malkov. — We have a different methodology of calculation. We receive data from the unified state register of the registry office, where the primary medical certificate, death certificate and directly obtain a final medical certificate of death as they appear.