Coronavirus was brought to Russia not from China, as previously thought, but from Europe, RIA Novosti reported with reference to the press service of Skoltech. The conclusion was made on the basis of comparative analysis of different genomes of the virus.

The study was conducted by experts of the Center for life Sciences SKOLKOVO, Higher school of Economics, Institute of influenza to them. Smorodintseva and Institute of information transmission problems. They analyzed genetic data from several subtypes of coronavirus, which is currently represented in Russia, and found that in Russia, the infection has been delivered 67 times independently from each other.

“the Virus was brought to Russia not from China, but mainly from Europe”, – quotes Agency the results of the study.

Meanwhile, the scientists noted that the earliest importation of the virus in Russia outbreaks of the infection brought. However, today in Russia was marked with nine unique variants of the virus than any other country in the world. According to the researchers, further study of genomic epidemiology will allow to predict the further development of the epidemiological situation in Russia: in particular, to find out whether in the country of new viruses from outside or infections associated with the continuation of the epidemic in Russia.

Earlier, as reported "the Rambler" at the University of Oxford voiced a version that the coronavirus could not emerge in China as it is considered today. According to an employee of the Center for evidence-based medicine Tom Jefferson, even in the winter 2019 infection was seen in Barcelona, Milan and Turin. The first case of the disease COVID-19 was put EN the Falkland Islands.