The second year of the coronavirus pandemic may be worse than the previous one. This was announced by the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency program, Michael Ryan on Wednesday, January 13.
According to him, the incidence of coronavirus has reached its peak again, as evidenced by the data on the spread of COVID-19 over the past two weeks. In the last seven days alone, about 5 million new cases of the disease were detected in the world, more than 85 thousand people died.
Most cases are in North and South America, as well as in Europe. Also, an increase in the incidence of coronavirus was noted in the territories of the Western Pacific Region, Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean, writes the Federal News Agency.
On January 13, it was reported that preliminary studies of new strains of coronavirus that appeared as a result of mutations indicate an increase in their infectivity by 10-70%.
In the UK, they announced the discovery of a new mutation of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in mid-December. The Kingdom’s Advisory Board on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats confirmed that it is spreading at a faster rate and requires more caution from the population.
In January, Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, said the mutated strain had been identified in 22 European countries.
In addition, in December it also became known about the discovery of a new COVID-19 mutation in the Republic of South Africa. The first case of this virus was recorded in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg in Germany on January 12.
In January, Russian scientists published a preprint describing the case of a patient in whose body the coronavirus acquired 18 new mutations. Izvestia wrote about this on January 12th.
Rospotrebnadzor believes that mutations will not affect the diagnosis and vaccination against this infection, since the currently known strains affect only 0.1% of the virus genome.