"In connection with the cancellation of flights from South Africa due to the discovery of a new strain of COVID-19 in the country, Telegram channels have been created to promptly inform and advise Russian citizens," the department said in Telegram.

On November 25, it became known that scientists have identified a new strain of coronavirus in Botswana, South Africa and Hong Kong, which could potentially become the most dangerous.

Later it was designated by the Greek letter "omicron".

In turn, Rospotrebnadzor expert Kamil Khafizov said that the omicron coronavirus strain has not been detected in Russia.