In an interview with Izvestia, the scientist explained that, like the "delta" strain, the "omicron" is more trope, that is, it has a higher ability to interact with the epithelium of the lungs.

“When a person was infected with an 'old' coronavirus, it took up to 10-11 days from the moment of infection to pneumonia ... Now it is 3-5 days,” he said.

The head of Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, previously announced the tightening of control at Russian borders due to the emergence of a new strain of the omicron coronavirus.

Two patients who have fallen ill with omicron are in Russia under the medical supervision of highly qualified doctors.