Medical professionals assist coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in the overcrowded intensive care unit at the Emergency Hospital "Bagdasar-Arseni", in Bucharest, Romania, October 19, 2021.
Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERSMOSCOW, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Russia has reported some COVID-19 infections with a new coronavirus variant believed to be even more contagious than the Delta one, the RIA news agency said on Thursday.
It is possible that the AY.4.2 variant will spread widely, RIA quoted the state consumer watchdog's senior researcher Kamil Khafizov as saying.
That could cause the rate of new COVID-19 cases, already at record highs in Russia, to rise even further.
The new variant could even replace Delta eventually, although the process is likely to be slow, he said.
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