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Skvortsova stated that Russia has almost reached the plateau for the incidence of coronavirus
1 May 2020, 12:13
Skvortsova stated that Russia has almost reached the plateau for the incidence of coronavirus
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The growth of new cases of coronavirus infection in Russia has decreased, and last week the incidence rate almost stabilized at the same level, said Veronika Skvortsova, head of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency (FMBA).

- We managed to significantly reduce the rate of build-up of coronavirus infection. In fact, in recent weeks we have been almost on the plateau in terms of the number of new cases, ”Skvortsova said on Channel One .

She noted that judging by the experience of other countries, after reaching a plateau, fluctuations in the number of people infected can occur.

Skvortsova also recalled that during the May holidays it is necessary to minimize social contacts.

“If there are cottages, you can go to the cottages,” she added.

The head of the FMBA said that the agency applied for registration of tests for antibodies to coronavirus. Skvortsova clarified that the tests have a high sensitivity, which exceeds 95-97%. Earlier, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin outlined the timing of the appearance of antibody tests in the capital. He noted that they will be available in clinics in the next one to two weeks.

Veronika Skvortsova also said that the FMBA will first test its employees who work in laboratories and clinics, and after the use of tests will be widespread.

- We plan so far the capacity of about 100 thousand studies per week. This is not very much, in fact, but we are ready to scale it. We are ready with those manufacturers who can replicate such technologies to get in touch and do this, ”said the head of FMBA.

Recall that it was precisely the beginning of the mass testing of Skvortsov that explained the sharp increase in the number of people infected in the country.

In Russia by now 106,498 people have become infected with coronavirus. Over the past day, the disease was detected in 1,073 of three patients.