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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Mutated COVID-19 Strain Discovered in Siberia

The Russian federal health and consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor reported that a strain of the novel coronavirus appeared to be emerging in Siberia.

The Russian federal health and consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor reported that a strain of the novel coronavirus appeared to be emerging in Siberia.

“We are seeing certain changes in the protein. These substitutions identified in Siberia allow us to assume that this region is forming its own variant with certain mutations,” said Anna Popova,  Rospotrebnadzor head.

Popova also claimed that the virus strains from Western Europe were brought to Russia during early spring while there were no reported strains from China.

Popova added that none of the mutations discovered in Russia has shown to make the virus more contagious or dangerous.

The Siberian region of Buryatia started its two-week lockdown on Monday in an effort to contain the localized outbreak after tallying 14,838 cases and 273 deaths. 

Buryatia governor Alexei Tsydenov has already warned that hospitals in the region were already full after reporting 271 cases in 24 hours. 

“There is a shortage of medicine in the pharmacy network. More and more hospital beds are needed every day,” said Tsydenov.

According to Tsydenov, residents need to be separated as much as possible to relieve the healthcare and testing systems. 

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