Russia reports first case of virus variant

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Russia has detected its first case of the more infectious coronavirus variant found in England, in a Russian who returned from Britain and tested positive late last month, RIA news agency reports, citing the consumer health watchdog.

Russia suspended flights to Britain last month until January 13 because of the virus variant detected there.

It also introduced a mandatory two-week self-isolation period for people arriving from Britain.

Russia on Sunday reported 22,851 new COVID-19 cases including 4,216 in Moscow, pushing its national infection tally to more than 3,400,000 - the world's fourth highest - since the pandemic began.