Russia confirms first case of UK COVID-19 strain

Russia has confirmed first case of UK COVID-19 strain
By Emeh Joy

On Sunday, Russia confirmed its first case of the new UK coronavirus strain even though government officials have made an earlier decision to ban flights from Britain to avoid the mutated strain gaining access into the country.

One UK returnee was found to have been infected with the new coronavirus strain, the head of Russia's health regulator Rospotrebnadzor told state-run television.

However, watchdog head Anna Popova did not specify exactly when the person tested positive for COVID-19 or any other information surrounding the discovery.

The B117 COVID-19 strain is believed to have first emerged in southeastern England late last year. Since then, it has been detected in about 12 countries.

Flights to and fro the UK were temporarily suspended by Russian officials in December just as some other countries did following the emergence of the new coronavirus strain in Britain.

Russia today has one of the highest infection rates in the world. Officials on Sunday confirmed a total of about 2.5 million cases of coronavirus in the country.

The Nationals have placed their hope on the homemade Sputnik V vaccine to counter the pandemic instead of returning to lockdown measures that ere being imposed in many European nations.

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