There is a chance that the new mutation of coronavirus infection could be shaping in the Siberian region. Anna Popova, the head of Rospotrebnadzor (Russia's Consumer Protection Agency) said so, as quoted by Interfax.
According to Popova, scientists have been observing changes of the Covid-19 genome in this region; these changes could form the new kind of infection with mutations taking place.
The official also specified that full genomes have been defined for 1215 isolates of the new coronavirus; some of these have been presented in the international databases.
"We are seeing that the analysis of coronavirus genomes in foreign countries and Russia confirms that we received a lot of strains of the virus from Western Europe in spring. These were repeatedly brought from various European countries, and none from the People's Republic of China. That is, there are no strains that have been brought in from China in the beginning of this year", she said.
Earlier, the Swiss scientists claimed that SARS-CoV-2 mutated, and European medics confirm new cases of infection with the new strain of coronavirus.
Ukrainian doctors confirmed 11,968 new cases of Covid-19 over 24 hours; 159 people died.