The Doctors Alliance has alleged that Russia was hiding the actual number of coronavirus deaths, but whether it has done so is unverifiable.
As per the news release, the Moscow City Health Department refutes the allegations against the government. It detailed that all the pneumonia patients had been undergoing the test for coronavirus infection and that all results had been negative. It said that all new upcoming patients with pneumonia would undergo coronavirus screening.
ABC News has published an article citing several instances of Russian personalities questioning the official declared number of COVID-19 infected people and deaths.
However, whether the Russian government has hidden the number of coronavirus deaths by considering them to have been due to simple pneumonia cannot be verified as there are no credible sources available and the Russian government has denied the allegations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.