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According to the international organization, cases of infection with a new subspecies of Covid- 19 have already been recorded in 29 countries.

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The World Health Organization reported that the Omicron XBB.1.5 strain of coronavirus became dominant in the United States within a few weeks. Politico writes about this.

According to experts, a new subspecies of the disease can provoke a wave of morbidity in the world. To date, Omicron XBB.1.5 has been fixed in 29 countries.

“We are concerned about its growth rate, in particular in some countries in Europe and the northeastern United States, where XBB.1.5 has quickly replaced other circulating subspecies,” said WHO Covid-19 technical specialist Maria Van Kerkhove.

< p> At the same time, the WHO cannot yet say how the immunity of people vaccinated and recovered from Covid-19 reacts to the new strain. The organization also did not specify whether XBB.1.5 is a more severe variant of the disease.

The publication notes that in some regions of the United States, the number of hospitalizations is now 40 percent higher than last year. Van Kerkhove stated that this statistic is not necessarily related to Omicron XBB.1. and noted that the reason may be in other respiratory diseases.

Focus also wrote that the Chinese government expressed dissatisfaction with the introduction of COVID-19 testing requirements for arrivals in some countries from China. The Chinese Foreign Ministry's statement came after similar measures were introduced in the UK and the US.

We also reported that, according to the assessment of the German representative of the government council on issues related to COVID-19, Christian Drossen, the coronavirus pandemic in Germany ended.