New strains of Covid-19 have not been encountered in Ukraine yet, and the results of the analysis of several samples will be obtained in the near future. It was reported by the head of the WHO representative office in Ukraine Jarno Habicht on the air of ICTV channel.
"New mutations have not been found in Ukraine yet. But so far there is no opportunity to do the appropriate analyzes. Several samples have been sent from Ukraine to the sequencing center recently. We will have an answer in the near future," he said.
On February 9, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said that new strains of coronavirus may come to Ukraine, but the authorities are ready to resist them.
As we reported earlier, the WHO mission found out that the coronavirus appeared in Wuhan before December 2019; by then, it already circulated in that area.
CNN quoted Peter Ben Embarek, the lead researcher for this mission; the expert said that in the view of this new fact, the WHO are "urgently seeking access to hundreds of thousands of blood samples from the city that China has not so far let them examine".
According to Embarek, "there were over a dozen strains of the virus in Wuhan already in December". The WHO mission workers were able to contact the man who was the first officially confirmed patient with Covid-19 in China - "an office worker in his 40s, with no travel history of note, reported infected on December 8".