According to her, Omicron is still by far the most contagious variant of the coronavirus.

“Now there are more than 600 omicron subspecies that we track, and the XBB.1.5 subspecies is one of them,” TASS quoted her as saying.

Van Kerkhove said the virus continues to evolve.

Earlier it was reported that the second case of the COVID-19 variant "kraken" was detected in Russia, the patient's disease is mild.