The AY.4.2 strain of the coronavirus, which is rapidly spreading in Russia, cannot be called a new strain. It is a type of Delta variant. It can even be called the well-known Delta plus strain, Farrukh Sadirov, the chief infectious disease specialist of Clinical Medical Center No. 1, told Report.

The specialist noted that this strain was first recorded in the UK.

“Although the Russian press now reports that this type is more contagious, lethal and affects the children than previous strains, the United Kingdom has shared no such statistics.”

According to him, the World Health Organization considers AY.4.2 as a variant currently under study.