MOSCOW, 18 Feb – RIA Novosti. A large number of cases of coronavirus infection remain in Russia, said the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova in an interview with Naila Asker-zade on the Russia 1 TV channel.
“We cannot say that everything has passed and we are letting go of the situation. This is not so. Today the risks are still quite high. <...> You cannot flatter yourself, let go of the situation and, unfortunately, get sick,” she said.
At the same time, Popova said that, in general, the numbers are decreasing, since specialists are able to contain the spread of the infection. Despite this, the likelihood of infection remains.
“Twelve thousand a day is a large number of registered cases. And we also know asymptomatic cases. And this means that this number is even greater,” she stressed.
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In addition, Popova recalled that in winter, people's immunity is slightly weakened.
“There is also a fairly well-known epidemiological rule: people who get sick at the beginning of the epidemiological situation and at the end are the most sick. Now the main thing is not to be among those who get sick at the end of the epidemiological situation,” the head of Rospotrebnadzor summed up.
New strains of coronavirus
According to Popova, at the moment, there is practically no “British” strain of coronavirus in Russia.
“We are very closely following this among those who, having returned from any, from any trip, got sick, showed some symptoms. And so far these are isolated finds,” she said, adding that Russian vaccines are coping and with new types of infections.
At the same time, samples of the South African and Brazilian strains of coronavirus in Russia have not yet been recorded at all.