Brussels-Belgium announced on Friday measures aimed at detecting the first confirmed new variant of COVID-19 in Europe and at the same time curbing the fourth wave of rapidly spreading coronavirus infections. ..
Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke said at a news conference that a case of variant B.1.1.529 was found in an unvaccinated person who had symptoms and tested positive on 22 November.
“It’s a suspicious variant. I don’t know if it’s a very dangerous variant,” he said.
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According to the Belgian National Reference Institute, the infected was a young adult female who developed symptoms 11 days after returning from her trip to Egypt via Turkey. She had flu-like symptoms, but so far there were no signs of serious illness.
No one in her family developed symptoms, but they were being tested.
New variants emerged as Belgium and many other European countries were fighting the surge in coronavirus infections.
Belgium’s Prime Minister Alexander Decrue has announced that nightclubs will be closed, bars and restaurants will be closed for three weeks starting Saturday, by 11:00 pm, and there will be up to six people per table.
“Without such a high vaccination rate today, the situation would be absolutely dramatic,” De Crew said at a news conference, adding that the burden on health services is increasing.
Earlier packages of coronavirus restrictions imposed a week ago included wider use of masks and enhanced work at home.
Under the new rules, private parties and rallies are also prohibited except for weddings and funerals, and Belgians must shop for themselves.
The State Health Minister will meet on Saturday to discuss accelerating the deployment of vaccine booster doses.
Belgium, where the European Union agencies and NATO headquarters are located, has the sixth highest per capita number of cases in Europe after the re-blocking of Austria and Slovakia.
However, case fatality rates are well below the EU average, with 75% of the population vaccinated against COVID-19.
(Report by Marine Strauss @ StraussMarine and Philip Blenkinsop, edited by John Chalmers and Frances Kerry)
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