The Ministry of Health announced a new strain of coronavirus

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The Ministry of Health reported a new strain of coronavirus

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A new subtype of the Omicron XBB.1.5 coronavirus strain has not been found in Ukraine, but eight other varieties are circulating, Deputy Minister of Health – Chief Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine Igor Kuzin said on the air of the national telethon.

"The predominant strain currently circulating in Ukraine is the Omicron strain. And we fix its 8 main varieties. In the vast majority, these are its subtypes BA-5 and B11529. We are also monitoring the situation with the emergence of a new XBB.1.5 strain. As of today, it has not yet been detected in Ukraine,” Kuzin noted.

He added that there is no specific information about the new strain yet, but laboratory and epidemiological studies are being carried out in order to have more information about how it is dangerous.

Kuzin also said that Ukraine does not plan to introduce a lockdown due to the coronavirus during the war, but we can talk about local restrictions.

Prepared by: Nina Petrovich

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