Indian variant circulates in Belgium: 19 cases detected by sample

The more contagious Indian variant of the coronavirus has not only demanded a life in a nursing home in Belgium, but also seizes elsewhere in the country. The mutant is probably wider than expected, says the Belgian virologist Johan Neyts.

The new variant, which is heavily housed in India, is more contagious and possibly less sensitive to the coronavaccins in circulation. The mutant appeared in a nursing home in Borsbeek near Antwerp during the last few days, while all residents had already been vaccinated. One of the residents succumbed.

Sampling

samples revealed a further nineteen cases of the Indian variant Sunday evening, says Neyts on the Belgian news channel Radio 1. โ€œHalf of them can be linked to trips to India, the other half cant. That means that the variant is circulatingโ€, albeit โ€œprobably not so much.โ€

Since Belgium cannot systematically determine which variant a person is infected with, this is done on a random basis. โ€œOf all positive samples, 5 to 10 percent are tested for variants. These 19 cases have therefore been picked up from these samples,โ€ says Neyts.