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COVID incidence in Russia increases almost by 40% — sanitary watchdog

As of January 16, 2023, cumulatively, 226,350 genome sequences of the virus have been uploaded to the VGARus database which were obtained as a result of full-genome and fragment sequencing

MOSCOW, January 17. /TASS/. The incidence of the coronavirus infection in Russia has increased almost by 40% by the end of the second week of January, the press service of Russia’s Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing told reporters on Tuesday.

"The COVID-19 incidence has also increased almost by 40% versus the previous week. Thus, according to the results of the second week of 2023, the country has recorded slightly over 31,000 cases of the disease," its statement said.

As of January 16, 2023, cumulatively, 226,350 genome sequences of the virus have been uploaded to the VGARus database which were obtained as a result of full-genome and fragment sequencing. Over a week, 100% of the sequences have been identified as belonging to the Omicron strain.