Regional healthcare bodies were informed about the XBB 1.16 subvariant and the genetic sequences attributed to it were added to the database, the authority said in a statement.
“According to preliminary data, Arcturus may have greater contagiousness, but is not characterized by high pathogenicity. That is, the disease caused by it proceeds in a mild form,” it said.
Any anti-epidemic restrictions in connection with the detection are not required, the body said.
In general, the incidence of Covid-19 in Russia decreased by 19 percent compared to last week and amounted to 49,500 cases, and the omicron strain remains predominant, the watchdog said.