"Omicron strain was confirmed in two patients with a positive PCR test made on the first day of stay at the observatory, after a genome-wide sequencing carried out by the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor," the agency said.
It is noted that people who came from South Africa were diagnosed with this coronavirus mutation. However, a total of 10 travelers who arrived from this and neighboring countries were infected with the coronavirus.
Recently British scientists discovered a new strain of coronavirus - B.1.1.529, which contains 32 mutations in the spike protein. The virus uses this part to enter the cell of the body with its subsequent infection. The characteristics of the B.1.1.529 virus rise serious concern among scientists about the danger of this strain.
Later, the WHO named the new strain Omicron.
The World Health Organization said the Omicron coronavirus mutation has been found in at least 38 countries. Omicron-related deaths have not yet been reported to WHO.