In Kazakhstan, Cases of Infection with the "Omicron" Strain of COVID-19 were Recorded
“On January 6, 2022, the laboratory of molecular genetic studies of the branch of the RSE“ National Expert Center ”in Nur-Sultan completed the genomic sequencing of 96 positive samples. According to the results of genotyping, a new version of the Omicron coronavirus was detected in 8 (8.3%) samples, including 7 in Almaty and 1 in Nur-Sultan, ”the ministry said, adding that 71% of the samples were found to contain“ delta ” -variant, in 16% - "delta plus", and in another 4.7% - other strains of coronavirus.
The department recalled that the new version of the virus is spreading faster than the previous strains (spreading ratio 1: 5). However, there is an increased risk of re-infection.
“In the upper respiratory tract, Omicron multiplies 70 times faster than the Delta version. The only way to protect yourself from infection is to undergo a course of vaccination and timely revaccination against COVID-19. In addition, all preventive measures must be taken to reduce the risk of the spread of the virus: wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, observing hand hygiene, airing the room, etc., ”the message says.
Also, the ministry cited data from the World Health Organization, according to which to date a new omicron strain of coronavirus has been identified in 126 countries of the world.
According to the assessment of a general practitioner, founder of the Doctor's Handbook application Konstantin Khomanov, the risk of re-infection with the "delta" is 8%, and with the "omicron" - 19%.