Almost everyone already has immunity to the coronavirus, at least partial, so even if the new variant becomes widespread in Russia, there will not be a sharp increase in the incidence in the country. Such a statement in an interview with RIA Novosti was made by Natalya Pshenichnaya, deputy director for clinical and analytical work of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor.

The specialist drew attention to the fact that the variant BA.5 of the omicron strain, of which Cerberus is an offshoot, had already been ill by the majority of the population, in addition, many had been repeatedly vaccinated.

“A powerful rise in the incidence, as in the case of the original Omicron, should not be expected,” the specialist assured.

According to the expert, the antibodies that have been developed as a result of a previous COVID-19 disease or vaccination are enough to protect, if not from the disease itself, then at least from a severe infection.

The day before, more than 7,600 new cases of coronavirus infection were detected in the Russian Federation, the number of hospitalized per day was 1,268 people.

Earlier, the infectious disease specialist warned of possible outbreaks of COVID.