Covid-19: a case of the new variant discovered in South Africa detected in Belgium

Cases had already been detected in South Africa, Botswana, Honk Kong and Israel.

A case of the new variant B.1.1.529 discovered in South Africa and which worries scientists has been detected in Belgium, announced the Minister of Health, Frank Vandenbroucke, on Friday.

There is “no reason to panic” at this time. “Caution and scientific analysis are certainly necessary. It is a suspicious variant, but we do not know if it is very dangerous,” Frank Vandenbroucke said at a press conference, adding that this case has been detected November 22 on a person returning from abroad.

Cases in several other countries

According to Belgian media, this is an adult who developed symptoms eleven days after traveling to Egypt via Turkey. It had no connection with South Africa or any other country in the south of the African continent. The patient had a high viral load at the time of diagnosis. She was not vaccinated, nor had she been infected in the past.

“We have a case which is now confirmed of this variant. It is about someone who came from abroad. Who was tested positively on November 22. Who was not vaccinated”, details the Minister.

This is the first case of this variant in Belgium, and even in Europe. It was reported in Israel this Friday morning, after being detected in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong. The European Commission must propose in the afternoon to the Member States to activate the emergency brake to interrupt air travel from southern Africa.

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