Russia has so far recorded 1,682 cases of the Omicron variant, as authorities brace for a new wave of infections, APA reports citing Reuters.
Deputy prime minister Tatiana Golikova said on Tuesday that Russia has recorded 1,682 cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant across 42 regions, as authorities brace for a significant rise in infections.
Omicron has pushed case figures to record highs in parts of western Europe and the United States but the variant has been slower to hit Russia.
Coronavirus cases in Russia have been steadily rising in the past week, and officials have warned the rapid spread of Omicron will lead to a surge in infections. Anna Popova, head of Russia’s public health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, said last week that daily new cases might reach six-figure levels.