"Last weekend, Japan notified the WHO about the discovery of a new variant of the virus. The more the virus spreads, the more chances for its variants to appear," he explained.
According to him, this strain of coronavirus did not make the infection "more aggressive". The head of WHO urged people to comply with quarantine restrictions, because if the virus does not spread, it will have less chance of mutating.
As we reported earlier, the WHO claimed to have observed five various mutations of coronavirus in Ukraine.
According to Natalya Ivanchenko, the director of Lviv regional lab centre, one of the detected strains observed in Lviv region is 1.1 virus, which originates from China. On the other hand, there is no "British" strain of the disease among the detected ones. That particular strain is considered extremely contagious.
Ivanchenko added that the Ukrainian experts keep sending samples to the WHO reference lab so as to find out what actual genetic connections took place and whether the "British" strain of coronavirus appeared in Lviv region.