“We rely on the reproductive number, which has increased from 1.1 to 1.5,” RIA Novosti quoted Kerkhove as saying.

The expert stressed that "more work is needed to break the chain of transmission of the virus, but this is complicated by the fact that the usual variant of COVID-19 continues to circulate in parallel."

According to her, so far there is no data confirming the higher danger of the new strain.

Earlier, the WHO reported that a new type of coronavirus, which was previously detected in the UK, has now been identified in 41 countries.