New strain of coronavirus detected in Georgia

  • Georgia has reported 594 new cases of coronavirus, 1,963 recoveries and 25 deaths in the past 24 hours. Photo: IPN.

Agenda.ge, 4 Jan 2021 - 18:35, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia has reported the new strain of coronavirus that originated in the United Kingdom earlier today.

A genetic analysis of the samples was completed at Lugar Laboratory of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to determine the presence of the new ‘British’ strain of coronavirus in the country. There were three suspicious cases in the study in total. In two cases the existence of this strain was not established. In one sample, taken in December, a mutation characteristic of the new ‘British’ strain S gene was confirmed,” says the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC).

The patient is a man over 50, whose condition is satisfactory and is in isolation.

His contacts have been identified. A positive coronavirus result of one contact was found, which entered Georgia from another country and has already returned to the same country.

The mutation detected in the UK has already been confirmed in more than 30 countries around the world and currently available data may be linked to easier spread of the virus but does not affect the severity of the disease, says the NCDC.

Georgia has reported 594 new cases of coronavirus, 1,963 recoveries and 25 deaths in the past 24 hours. 

3,845 tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours around the country due to the weekend. 2,199 of the 3,845 tests were rapid tests, while the remaining 1,646 were PCR tests.

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