Belgium confirms first case of new South African variant in Europe

A woman with symptoms of coronavirus after a trip to Egypt with stopover in Turkey is the first confirmed case in Belgium of a patient infected with the new variant B.1.1.529, known as ‘Nu’, initially located by the scientific community in the countries of southern Africa. He also becomes the first patient in Europe to be infected with the ‘nu’ variant.

The diagnosis has been confirmed by the UZ Leuven University Hospital (Leuven) after examining a young adult who I was not vaccinated and that he began to develop symptoms eleven days after having made the trip to Egypt, according to the Belgian chain RTBF.

This is the first confirmed case in Europe of this variant that is related to southern African countries, although the patient, who has a high viral load, does not seem to have any recent link with that region, according to the information provided in the case.

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The diagnosis coincides with a proposal of the European Comission to close the border common to flights with origin or destination in the region of southern Africa, a measure that the Twenty-seven still have to examine on the afternoon of this Friday.

Before the case of the young woman infected in Belgium was revealed, precisely the Belgian Minister of Health, Frank Vandenbroucke, indicated in a press conference that he fully adheres to the proposal to restrict flights to the region for the sake of “prudence“, despite the fact that” not much is known yet “about the variant.

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