Russian says he dressed as a doctor to take care of his grandmother in the COVID ward

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MOSCOW – Worried that hospital staff are neglecting their sick grandmother in a COVID-19 ward in Siberia, a Russian man said he had infiltrated disguised as a doctor to take care of her himself.

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Sergei, who declined to give his last name, told Rain TV in an interview broadcast Thursday that he had put on protective clothing and went to Tomsk city hospital last week where he had looked after her grandmother for three days, giving her food and pills and changing her dressings and incontinence pads.

Sergei confirmed his words to the TV station in a telephone interview with Reuters on Friday. He also shared footage of what he said caring for his elderly grandmother in the hospital. Reuters was unable to independently verify the footage.

Local authorities in Tomsk, about 3,000 km (1,850 miles) east of Moscow, said they were investigating his complaints.

Alyona Levko, deputy regional governor of Tomsk, said a local commission had been formed to investigate the incident. “Now they are in the medical unit… and an inspection is underway,” she said.

Reuters submitted a request for comment to the hospital, but none were immediately available.

The Rain TV account comes as Russian hospitals grapple with a wave of coronavirus cases.

Russia reported 1,163 new deaths from COVID-19, its highest one-day toll of the pandemic on Friday, amid an increase in the number of cases that has forced authorities to reimpose partial lockdown measures . (Reporting by Angelina Kazakova Written by Tom Balmforth Editing by Frances Kerry)


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