According to RIA Novosti, in an interview with the Financial Times newspaper “she said that it is not known where this strain came from, but according to one of the hypotheses under consideration, it could have originated from an infected patient with weakened immunity, who could not completely recover from the virus in the body. which the virus has been multiplying for a considerable time. "

Earlier it was reported that the UK has temporarily canceled flights with South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Namibia and Eswatini since November 26 due to the discovery of a new strain of coronavirus B.1.1.529.

It also became known that from November 28, Georgia is introducing mandatory quarantine and testing for those arriving from eight African countries due to the threat of the spread of the new SARS-CoV-2 omicron coronavirus strain.