The first test system was registered in Russia to detect "omicron"

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The test allows for 1.5 hours with high sensitivity to detect and distinguish between the omicron and delta virus variants in one test tube

TBILISI, 12 Jan – Sputnik. Roszdravnadzor has registered the first test system developed in Russia for detecting the omicron strain of coronavirus, RIA Novosti reports, citing the press service of the Federal Biomedical Agency.

“The set of reagents at the Center for Strategic Planning and Management of Biomedical Health Risks of the FMBA of Russia is intended for use in clinical laboratory diagnostics of acute respiratory infections,” the department added.

The test allows for 1.5 hours with high sensitivity to detect and distinguish between the omicron and delta virus variants in one test tube.

The Omicron coronavirus strain, or B.1.1.529, was discovered in Botswana and South Africa in early November 2021. According to experts, it is characterized by increased transmissibility and resistance to existing vaccines. As of the end of December, a new variant was identified in 110 countries of the world, it spreads faster than the “delta” and becomes dominant.

Data from South Africa and England, where the omicron has already arrived, show that in these countries the number of severe cases has decreased by almost three times.

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