Sktech: the coronavirus came to Russia not from China

The results of the first genetic studies of the variants of coronavirus circulating in Russia, showed that the virus entered the country not from China, but mostly from Europe. This was reported by RIA Novosti in the press service of “SKOLKOVO”, which was involved in conducting analysis jointly with other scientific organizations.

“By comparing genetic data on viruses circulating on the territory of Russia, with data on population movements, the researchers concluded that viral diversity obtained through at least 67 independent importation of the virus in different cities of Russia in late February — early March. According to the findings, unlike other countries, the virus was brought to Russia not from China, but mainly from Europe”, — stated in the results of the study.

The study was a genetic analysis of 211 samples of the virus obtained from patients in Russia in the period from March 11 to April 23, 2020. The results confirmed the assumption that the coronavirus came to Russia from Europe in late February — early March of this year.

The work was carried out by researchers from the Center for life Sciences “Skoltech”, Higher school of Economics, influenza research Institute named after A. A. Smorodintsev and Institute of information transmission problems named after A. A. Kharkevich under the guidance of Professor Skoltech George Bazykin. Preprint with the results of the study are published in the database medRxiv.

“Many early cases of importation of the virus not borne outbreaks in Russia. However, at the moment in Russia circulates at least nine different variants of the virus, which are not observed in other countries. Special attention scholars have paid to the outbreak in one of the hospitals of Saint-Petersburg research Institute named harm, ill, where more than 400 people. It was found that the virus spread through the city, having some impact on the epidemiological situation in St. Petersburg”, — reported in “Skoltech”.

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