Increasing Prevalence of COVID in Russia Related to Shift in the Dominant Strain, Expert Says

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The growing incidence  of COVID-19 in Russia was caused, in part, by a shift in the prevalent strain of coronavirus, according to Alexander Gorelov, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing’s Central Research Institute of Epidemiology.

“Because of alterations in different coronavirus strains, the epidemiological situation in Russia and throughout the world remains severe. Each shift in the dominant strain is generally followed by an increase in the incidence. This is the stage we are now at “, he stated.

According to Gorelov, the frequency of coronavirus infection in Russia would stay high for another month and a half after achieving maximum values for the daily number of infected.

“Once we’ve hit the maximum levels, we’ll enter the stage of stability, which, according to epidemiological rules, lasts approximately a month or a month and a half,” he explained.

Only after then would the incidence begin to drop steadily, he noted.

“How confidently we progress toward this [down in occurrence] is dependent on our adherence to sanitary regulations and immunization,” he explained.

Earlier, Globe Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that the world is in the early stages of the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the start of the pandemic, about 188.4 million individuals worldwide have been infected with the coronavirus, with over 4 million dying.

According to the federal operational headquarters for the battle against coronavirus in Russia, there were 5,882,295 instances of infection, 5,278,976 individuals recovered, and 146,069 people died.