The Russian Embassy in South Africa is monitoring the situation around the new strain of coronavirus B.1.1.529; at the moment, all general recommendations remain in force. This was reported on Friday, November 26, at the diplomatic mission.
“The Russian Embassy in South Africa is monitoring the situation around the new strain of coronavirus,” the embassy said in an interview with “RIA News“.
At the moment, as indicated in the diplomatic mission, all general recommendations remain in force. In particular, citizens must observe the mask regime, the rules of personal hygiene, avoid crowded places, and use antiseptic agents.
At the same time, the professional scientific community is studying new recommendations related to this virus strain. They can be formulated on the basis of the information that will follow from the experts, concluded at the embassy.
On November 24, British scientists warned about the risk of spreading the new strain B.1.1.529. According to the Daily Mail, this mutation is potentially more dangerous than other variants of the virus. To date, 10 cases of this strain have been reported in Botswana, South Africa and Hong Kong.
Kamil Khafizov, head of the scientific group for the development of new diagnostic methods based on sequencing technologies at the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor, said on the same day that this strain of coronavirus had not yet been detected in Russia. He also noted the effectiveness of Russian vaccines against coronavirus.
A day later, the press service of the Israeli Ministry of Health reported that the first case of infection with a new strain of coronavirus B.1.1.529 was detected in the country. It was found on a citizen who returned from Malawi.
On Friday, November 26, the World Health Organization (WHO) will be holding an emergency meeting due to the new B.1.1.529 strain. Experts will discuss whether this type of infection is causing concern or just interest. If the results obtained are classified as causing concern, the new strain will be given the name of a letter in the Greek alphabet.
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