Golikova said that the government is studying and analyzing the world's best practices to combat coronavirus.  Photo: Dmitry Astakhov / POOL / TASS

Golikova said that the government is studying and analyzing the world’s best practices to combat coronavirus. Photo: Dmitry Astakhov / POOL / TASS

783 cases of omicron infection have already been registered in Russia. 53% of cases occur in Moscow. Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova stated this at a COVID-19 briefing on Friday.

“The capital region traditionally takes the first blow as a major hub and a major transport hub,” explained Golikova.

According to her, in three days, starting from January 10, the number of omicron infections in Russia increased 2.6 times, in Moscow – 2.3 times.

The difference between omicron and other strains of coronavirus is its special infectiousness or, in medical terms, contagiousness. As Golikova explained, because of this, the omicron will eventually replace the delta strain, which is now most common in Russia.

Golikova also noted that after the New Year’s recession, there is now an increase in the incidence of coronavirus, it has already been recorded in 37 regions. The highest growth rates are in Moscow, the Smolensk region and St. Petersburg.

Golikova said that the government is studying and analyzing the world’s best practices to combat coronavirus. Next Tuesday, a meeting will be held under the leadership of Mikhail Mishustin, at which a new plan to combat the omicron strain will be discussed. After that, the plan will be presented to the president.

Golikova also spoke about the certificates of the patient with covid. It is expected that such certificates will begin to be issued after February 1. To get certified, you will need to take an antibody test. At the same time, as Golikova explained, it does not matter how many antibodies you have, “the only thing that matters is whether there are antibodies to coronavirus or not.” If a person took a PCR test during illness and it turned out to be positive, then in this case, the certificate of the patient who has recovered will be issued for a period of one year.

There is also a second option for the validity period of the certificate. If a person has antibodies, but it is not known exactly when he suffered the coronavirus, in this case, the certificate will be issued for a period of six months. As Golikova said, according to Rospotrebnadzor, 300 thousand Russians who had had coronavirus did not go to the doctor. That they had covid was later confirmed by antibody tests.

For six months, foreigners will also be issued certificates if, upon arrival in Russia, they pass tests for antibodies and the analysis confirms their presence.

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