MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
January 14, 2022, 21:39
Photo by V. Novikov. Press Service of the Mayor and the Government of Moscow
The new strain began to dominate among the sick in Moscow.
The incidence of COVID-19 in Moscow is growing due to the spread of the omicron strain, reported Sergei Sobyaninin an interview with the TV channel “Russia 1”.
“Today, we can say with confidence that more than half of the patients are sick with the omicron strain. And this week, the incidence rates per day will be about six to seven thousand new diseases detected. That’s already enough. But I think that this is not the limit. The incidence will continue to grow next week, taking into account the picture that we see in other countries and cities,” said the Mayor of Moscow.
Calling the new strain less severe, according to Sergei Sobyanin, is premature.
“We also want it to be so, but we must prepare for any scenario. Indeed, we see that the number of cases of moderate and severe disease is less than in the previous wave. And despite the increase in the number of newly diagnosed cases, the number of hospitalizations is not increasing. But keep in mind that today the virus is likely to circulate among the active population of young and middle age. What it will look like when it reaches the older generation, chroniclers, and so on, is unknown, it seems to me that there will be a different picture,” the Moscow Mayor explained.
Sergei Sobyanin added that during the pandemic, one of the most powerful laboratory systems in the world was created in Moscow. It can process up to 70,000 PCR tests every day. The largest metropolitan laboratory –Diagnostic Center for Laboratory Research.
“This laboratory is one of the most powerful in the country. It is this laboratory that gives us accurate data on the spread of a new omicron strain down to a fraction of a percent. The studies are absolutely accurate, giving an almost 100% accuracy guarantee. This equips us with new knowledge, the ability to promptly respond to new challenges of the omicron strain,” the Moscow Mayor emphasized.
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