The UK strain of coronavirus has been confirmed in two more patients in Macedonia, and the patient who died had comorbidity, while the other patient has been treated as healed since January 26, the Ministry of Health announced on Saturday night.
According to some media, the deceased is a 46-year-old man who had previous chronic diseases. He received a positive test for COVID-19 on January 4, and died on January 8, 2021.
So far, the UK strain of the coronavirus has been detected in three patients in the country. On January 27, 2021, the competent health authorities announced the first patient infected with the UK strain of coronavirus in the country, who has already recovered. The virus was detected in the private laboratory of the ZhanMitrev Clinic in Skopje, during the analysis of samples from January.
The Ministry of Health reminds that the SARS-CoV-2 virus causes complications most often in patients who have other diseases.
It has not been proven that the so-called UK strain of the virus has a higher mortality rate than previous mutations in the virus, but experts say it is 56 to 70 percent more contagious than the original variant of the coronavirus. In addition, the latest worldwide research suggests that vaccines from four US manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines are less effective in protecting against coronary infections in the British and South African strains.