India’s COVID-19 variant could appear in Moldova, doctors

The summertime and the migration of citizens from one state to another can lead to the appearance of the Indian variant of the novel coronavirus in the Republic of Moldova. Specialists say the new strain, which was identified in Romania, is much more contagious and aggressive than the British variant, IPN reports.

According to specialists, the low number of cases of COVID-19 recorded in the recent period should not lead to total relaxation of restrictions as many states witness a new exposition in infections with the Indian variant of the novel coronavirus.

“There is free circulation and it is summer. Whole families go abroad to vacation and the risk of a new variant to be brought to the country is rather big. The Indian strain is much more contagious and the complications of the disease are much more serious. The immunization with vaccines we administer at present should be efficient against this variant too. It is definite that we should not relax as the virus mutates,” Ninel Revenco, one of the coordinators of the national vaccination campaign, stated in the program “Moldova live” on the public TV channel Moldova 1.

Specialists of the National Public Health Agency say the contiguousness of the Indian variant keeps the national health system on the alert. Doctors recommend receiving a vaccine against COVID-19 so as to prevent serious forms of disease.

“The higher is the vaccination rate, the lower is the risk of infection, including with the Indian variant. It is known that the Indian variant was already detected in Romania. In the Republic of Moldova, immediately after the number of cases grows, the authorities will return to the quarantine measures. The COVID-19 wards that were closed continue to be on the alert,” said Veaceslav Guțu, of the National Public Health Agency

According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection, the vaccination rate among the general population rose to 10.7%, while in the case of SARS-COV-2, the infection rate declined by 35%. Almost 82% of the health workers got a vaccine.

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