A Separate Hospital Is Set Up for Patients With Omicron Version of COVID-19 in the Vladimir Region

No new strain of coronavirus has been detected in Region 33 yet

On Thursday, December 16, at a briefing on the epidemic situation, the acting head of the Vladimir Regional Health Department, Artem Osipov, said that his department had decided on the routing of patients with the new strain of coronavirus “omicron”.

“We will place such patients in a separate hospital. But so far, according to background information from Rospotrebnadzor, we do not record the “omikron” strain in the region. At the same time, it should be noted that it will not come knocking on the door and say, “I came to see you. So certainly, given the dynamics of how Omicron is conquering the world, strain overlap will be inevitable. The question is exactly how long we will be able to keep it in the isolated areas that we have identified through our organizational decisions,” Osipov said.

The UN said that Omicron is spreading at an extraordinary rate. The number of cases of infection is doubling every two to three days. The new strain of SARS-CoV-2 was first identified in Botswana and South Africa in mid-November. Experts believe that people who have had the disease and who have been vaccinated can also become infected.

Nevertheless, vaccination remains the most effective means of preventing the severe course of all known varieties of coronavirus. So far, vaccination coverage in the Vladimir region remains quite low. According to Stopcoronavirus.rf, as of December 10, 504,442 residents of the region had completed the full course.

“Vaccination coverage is still low. Even in the 60+ age group, which traditionally is the most actively vaccinated, the coverage is low. But the Vladimir region has taken the first place in Russia in terms of vaccination rate. I hope our vaccination rate will soon be reflected in its level. Last week the increase in vaccinations was about 10%, “- said Artem Osipov.

The acting director of the Regional Health Department also announced figures on the deaths of vaccinated patients from coronavirus. According to his data, only 0.03% of those who died of COVID-19 were vaccinated.

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