For a week, almost 100 thousand deaths from COVID-19 were registered in the world, which is nine percent higher than previous figures. The World Health Organization has announced a record rise in the number of deaths from the coronavirus. For a week, 93,882 deaths from COVID-19 were registered in the world. The growth rate was 9% compared to the previous week and was the highest since the beginning of the pandemic. An increase in mortality was recorded in all six regions of the organization. From 11 to 17 January, 4.7 million new cases were detected, which is 6% less than a week earlier. Disease increases are evident in Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Western Pacific. In North and South America, Europe, Southeast Asia, this indicator began to decline during this period. The chief researcher of the Gamaleya Institute Felix Ershov said on the air of the NSN that the coronavirus will eventually become a habitual disease and reduce its pathogenicity. “The history of virology shows that acute viral infections are dead ends because they are not beneficial to viruses. By killing, viruses die themselves, but is it reasonable to kill the breadwinner, and even die with him? In order to survive, viruses must compromise and agree with the "owner" (in our case, a person) on a mutually beneficial existence, which in science is called "symbiosis",”he said. However, Ershov noted that this dubious alliance of "killer and victim" lasts only temporarily. “As soon as the“host”, due to a variety of objective reasons (stress, hypothermia, various somatic diseases, inevitable aging), weakens and begins to feed the established parasites worse, then these, as they are sometimes called,“affectionate killers,”wake up, come to life and "show their teeth." First, they begin to multiply vigorously and, in the end, having gathered their strength, they kill their "master". Here is such a dramatic ending,”summed up Ershov. "It's bad!" Onishchenko criticized the rate of vaccination of Russians against COVID-19 Virologist, Doctor of Medical Sciences Nikolai Malyshev said at the NSN press conference that mutations slightly change the structure of the virus and can only affect the degree of infection. “There are 30,000 separate genes in the genome itself. Virologists are monitoring this. Now the vaccine continues to work actively for all cases of changes in the genome,”he said. Leading researcher at the Center for Fundamental Translational Medicine Alexander Chepurnov on the air of the NSN stressed that the danger of the uncontrolled spread of coronavirus infection lies in the fact that a person can be contagious a few days before the first signs of the disease appear. "This is already well known," Chepurnov said, adding that the only clear indicators of virus inactivity are negative nasopharyngeal swabs taken at least twice. “Although we were allowed to discharge patients with one such washout, the virus has unlimited possibilities, which it shamelessly uses when dealing with a person susceptible to it (with poor health),” he explained. According to the specialist, if one of the family members falls ill with coronavirus, it is necessary to follow the mandatory mask regimen, to isolate as much as possible. Chepurnov recommends allocating a separate room for the patient, he should eat separately and have his own dishes. After using common areas, you need to use antiseptics. All surfaces must be treated with disinfectants, wet cleaning and airing of the premises should be carried out as often as possible."Extra spending". Virologist explained why COVID-passports are not needed.An earlier WHO expert group, during the investigation, found that most states had ineffectively responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to them, world governments have used a "slow, cumbersome and indecisive" system of reporting the pandemic, and introduced incoherent and even obstructive measures to combat the virus. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after negotiations with the heads of the federal states, announced the decision to extend the tough restrictions caused by the pandemic until mid-February. Beijing authorities are also considering tightening measures after Beijing identified seven new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. According to WHO, in the world for the entire time of the pandemic, 94,124,612 people were diagnosed with coronavirus, more than two million have died. Most of the infected were in the United States (23.5 million), India (10.5 million), Brazil (8.4 million), Russia (3.6 million) and the UK (3.4 million). Meanwhile, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that in Moscow in the week after the New Year holidays, the number of detected cases of coronavirus has decreased by 30%. According to the mayor, hospitalization has decreased by 18%, and about 40% of coronavirus beds are currently free in Moscow. “This is such a powerful enough reserve for us to feel confident in the coming weeks and months,” the mayor emphasized. Almost 1.5 thousand coronavirus mutations have been identified in Russia, says the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova. According to her, this is a natural process and viruses do not live otherwise.