U.S. researchers detected the new strain of coronavirus called Iota, also known as B. 1.526. It is capable of increasing the infection-caused death rate by 60-80 percent among elderly people. The latest study appeared on the medical web portal medrxiv.org.
Scientists found out that the speed of the passage of the new strain is 15-25 percent higher than that in the previous variants. Iota managed to bypass the immunity of 10 percent of people who were previously vaccinated. "In addition, B.1.526 substantially increased IFR in older adults: by 46% (95% CI: 7.4 – 84%) among 45-64 year-olds, 82% (95% CI: 20 – 140%) among 65-74 year-olds, and 62% (95% CI: 45 – 80%) among 75+ during Nov 2020 – Apr 2021, compared to baseline IFR estimated for preexisting variants", reads the study.
The WHO added the new strain to the list of variants that pose an interest (i.e., the strains that are detected more and more frequently in more and more distant areas).
On August 9, Finland opened its borders for all Ukrainian travelers no matter whether they completed the vaccination course or not (granted the tourists can provide the relevant test results). Press office of the Finnish government reported that on Monday.
"Since August 9, amendments are made in the original decision dating back to July 15 - starting with lifting of the restrictions for Ukrainian citizens who arrive in Finland from Ukraine", reads the message.
Such conditions will be valid until August 22, when the government is supposed to revise teh situation and could reinstate the restrictions.