The first case of the British strain of coronavirus was detected in a Russian who returned from the UK. The head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova said this on the air of Rossiya-1 TV channel on Sunday.
“In one person it was a coronavirus of a new strain,” she said, commenting on the results of the examination of Russians who returned from Britain. The person in whom the new strain of coronavirus was detected in the Russian Federation is feeling well, Popova noted.
A case of infection with the British strain of coronavirus was reported in Russia late last year; now the person is no longer contagious, Popova said.
“We saw by the end of the past year already that we have a variant of the very same strain of the UK that is causing so many alarms today. In just one person. At the same time, the person felt and is feeling fine, he didn’t have any symptoms. He is no longer excreting this virus,” she said.
Existing PCR tests for coronavirus in Russia also detect the British strain. In addition, vaccines registered in the country also protect against it, Popova said.
“According to our data, test systems that operate in the Russian Federation for PCR diagnostics detect this virus. And the vaccines that are registered in the Russian Federation today absolutely definitely protect against this virus,” she said.
At the same time, Popova noted that the virus has not become more dangerous, nor does it make the course of Covid-19 more severe, but it has become more contagious.
“That is, one person can infect more people than the previous version,” she explained.