Slovakia confirms first case of Delta coronavirus strain

Source : 112 Ukraine

The virus could be brought to Slovakia from Russia
17:36, 23 June 2021

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The first case of infection with the Delta coronavirus strain has been registered in Slovakia. The Slovak publication Dennik N reported this.

Related: Delta strain may spread faster than in other countries due to low level of vaccination in Ukraine

"The man did not have close contacts, he was not hospitalized. Currently, the patient is in internal quarantine and responsibly fulfills all the necessary anti-epidemic prescriptions," said the Chief Sanitary Doctor of Slovakia Jan Mikas.

This news caused the greatest concern among football fans, as the infected man flew home from St. Petersburg, where the Slovak national football team recently played with Russia at the Euro 2020 championship. Minister of Health Vladimir Lengvarsky said that the patient was not a football player of the national team. He later added that this man was not at the Euro 2020 football match.

Related: Ukraine may restrict entry from countries where Delta strain is spread

Ukraine has a 97-kilometer border with Slovakia. There are five checkpoints on the Slovak-Ukrainian border - two roads, two railways and one pedestrian. The President's Office recently stated that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should prepare proposals on the expediency of restricting communication with countries where the Delta coronavirus strain has been detected.

Related: Delta Plus coronavirus strain detected in 9 more countries

As a reminder, a variant of the coronavirus, named Delta, was discovered in India in October last year. Since then, it has spread around the world, it is also found in Ukraine. Among the new symptoms are a runny nose, headache, and sore throat.

Maria Van Kerkhove, a WHO expert on responding to Covid-19, announced that not all vaccines work equally well with the Delta coronavirus strain. 

It is known that this strain is 1.6 times more contagious than the Alfa strain (firstly discovered in the UK); 2.26 times more often it leads to hospitalization and 1.45 times more often to the resuscitation department. Meanwhile, the effect from the vaccines is mostly kept.

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