The head of the technical team of the Emergency Diseases Division of the World Health Organization (WHO) Maria Van Kerkhove said that the mutations of the coronavirus will continue as it is a natural process.
At the same time, the WHO representative noted that the organization is closely monitoring new variants of COVID-19 and is interacting with scientists around the world to study the method of their transmission, writes RIA Novosti.
Meanwhile, the head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that in 2021 the world will face new variants of the coronavirus, and urged countries to promptly share information about new strains.
We will remind, in mid-December, British scientists announced the identification in the United Kingdom of a new variety of COVID-19, which can be 70% more infectious than the original. Experts fear that such a feature could lead to an increase in hospital occupancy. Also, a new strain of coronavirus was discovered in South Africa.
According to Rospotrebnadzor, there is now no “British” strain of coronavirus infection in Russia.