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Reuters: Russian authorities are preparing for a “record” surge in the incidence of COVID-19 after the New Year

Russian authorities are preparing for another wave of COVID-19 coronavirus infection in early 2022, Reuters reports, citing unnamed political sources.

“A new wave is expected in January-February,” a source close to the Kremlin said, adding that more than 50,000 people could be infected daily.

At the same time, it is indicated that a new outbreak with record, as expected, daily incidence rates will be caused by the spread in Russia of a more infectious strain of “omicron”, reports “MK”.

We will remind, on the eve of the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova stated on the air of the TV channel “Russia 24” that 103 cases of infection with the “omicron” strain of coronavirus have already been registered in the Russian Federation. “These are people who have arrived, people who have been in contact with them very closely, the centers are all localized,” she said.

The new strain of coronavirus B.1.1.529, which contains 32 mutations in the S-protein, was first identified in South Africa and Botswana in early November. The infected were found in Hong Kong, Belgium, Israel. At an emergency meeting on November 26, the World Health Organization recognized B.1.1.529 as “of concern” and named it “omicron” after the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet. Omicron has a large number of mutations, it also spreads faster than the delta type. A new strain of coronavirus with increased mobility has been found in more than 110 countries, including Russia.

According to Rosstat, the number of deaths from COVID in Russia in November again became a record – more than 87 thousand people. According to the agency’s estimates, this is almost 16% higher than the October figure, which until this moment remained the maximum since the beginning of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the situation with the coronavirus has worsened in seven regions of Russia. Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova warned about this earlier. “The situation has improved in 13 regions, and the deterioration is noted in 7 regions, primarily due to a decrease in testing coverage,” said the deputy chairman of the government.

Source: Rosbalt

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