The more contagious Indian variant of the coronavirus has claimed a life in a nursing home in Belgium and is also spreading elsewhere in the country.
The mutant is probably more widespread than expected, says Belgian virologist Johan Neyts.
The new variant, which is rife in India, is more contagious and possibly less sensitive to the corona vaccines that are in circulation.
The mutant turned up in recent days in a nursing home in Borsbeek near Antwerp, while all residents there had already been vaccinated. One of the residents succumbed.
Samples brought to light another nineteen cases of the Indian variant on Sunday evening, Neyts says on the Belgian news channel Radio 1. “We can link half of them to trips to India, the other half not. That means that the variant is circulating. “, although” probably not very much “.