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Russia reports first case of contagious Kraken COVID-19 subvariant

A COVID-19 particle is pictured in this image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (CDC/TNS)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Russia has recorded its first official case of the so-called Kraken subvariant of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the Rospotrebnadzor state monitoring agency reporting on January 12. The highly contagious subvariant was reported in the Penza region. Kraken, which the World Health Organization on January 4 proclaimed the most transmissible known COVID-19 variant, was first detected in the United States in October. It has since been detected in several European countries.