"We confirm that we are monitoring one of the most suspicious cases of the South African strain," Amiran Gamkrelidze, the head of the National Center for Disease Control, admitted to media representatives.
According to him, this strain is not clinically more severe and is relatively less common.
"The Center for Disease Control is conducting a genetic analysis of this suspicious case, the sequencing of the sample, and we will probably have an answer and reveal it in the coming days. If it turns out to be positive, we will say that we have the South African strain. Today the predominant British strain prevails in Europe, and the British strain has almost replaced the classic strain in Europe. One of its features is that it is relatively easy to spread, especially among children and young people," said Amiran Gamkrelidze.