“It won't have time to spread before the New Year.

"Delta", for example, appeared in the fall of 2020, and spread around May-July 2021, that is, the virus needed six months to spread, "RIA Novosti quoted Altshein as saying.

According to him, the omicron strain of the coronavirus "does not yet give the impression of a virus that is terrible in its consequences."

On December 3, Maria Van Kerkhove, the head of the technical team of the WHO Emergency Diseases Unit, said that the new omicron coronavirus strain has now been detected in 38 countries.

In turn, the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova said that the omicron coronavirus strain in Russia has not yet been identified.