In Moscow, the majority of coronavirus patients have been diagnosed with the omicron substrain XBB.1.9, acting deputy mayor of the capital Anastasia Rakova said on the Rossiya-1 TV channel.
“Its substrain dominates [»омикрона»] – XBB.1.9. It makes up about two-thirds of all cases,” she said (quoted by T). She explained that the disease occurs in the form of a common cold, and therefore hospitalization today is less than 1%.
At the same time, Rakova pointed to an increase in the number of cases of ARVI compared to the same period in 2022. On average, 28,000 people are diagnosed with the disease every day in Moscow, which is 30% more than last year. “We usually record that it begins to grow already in mid-summer, so the immune layer has not been formed, at least minimally,” she added.
Over the past few weeks, the incidence of COVID-19 in the country has been increasing. In the week from September 11 to 17, it increased by 48% compared to the previous week, and the number of hospitalizations increased by 20.6%. The press service of Rospotrebnadzor said that there are no plans to introduce a mask regime and other restrictions due to coronavirus, but local measures in institutions are possible.
On September 18, Rospotrebnadzor reported that the new variant of COVID-19 “pirola” is more contagious because it has a number of additional mutations. Rospotrebnadzor emphasized that Omicron vaccines are also effective for Pyrola. They added that the new variant is not considered “the second coming of Omicron.”