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Jan 27, 2021
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The specialist said the absence of COVID-19 strains from South Africa and Japan in Russia

On the territory of Russia, mutations of the coronavirus from South Africa and Japan have not yet been identified. This was announced in an interview with RIA Novosti by the deputy director for scientific work of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Gorelov.

According to him, the specialists of the department are carefully monitoring the circulation of strains in the country.

A new variant of the 501.V2 virus was discovered by South African scientists late last year. An epidemiologist from South Africa said that this strain is 50% more infectious than normal coronavirus.

Specialists at the Japanese National Institute of Infectious Diseases at the beginning of the year also announced that they had identified a new mutation of the coronavirus, which differs from the “South African” and “British” variants.

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