WHO detected five mutations of coronavirus in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

There is no "British" strain of the disease among the detected ones, epidemiologist says
08:03, 13 January 2021


The WHO claimed to have observed five various mutations of coronavirus in Ukraine. Natalya Ivanchenko, the director of Lviv regional lab centre said so as quoted by Ukrinform news agency.

According to her, 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.

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The expert also said that such a research is quite complicated and it costs a lot.

Earlier, Chief Sanitary Doctor Viktor Lyashko claimed on January 19-21, Ukraine would send the first samples taken to detect the "British" strain of Covid-19 to the WHO lab in the Berlin-based Charite clinic. On the average, in 2021 Ukraine will be sending 150-200 such samples per month.

As is known, the "British" strain of coronavirus has been detected in more than 40 countries worldwide. It is 70 percent more contagious than the original strain that came from China. 

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