UK COVID-19 strain found in Belgium


Belgium has recorded four cases of the mutant coronavirus variant sweeping Britain.

Spokesman for Belgium’s health minister, Jan Eyckmans, confirmed that the four cases were uncovered at the start of December in the country’s northern Flemish regions that border the Netherlands.

A spokesman for the national virus crisis centre said the figure was conservative and that other infections by the strain could have gone undetected as Belgium screens for new mutations far less than Britain does.

According to experts, the new strain of the virus discovered in Britain appears to spread more easily than other types but there is no evidence it is more lethal or resistant to vaccines.

Its discovery has led more than two dozen countries around the world, including Belgium, to suspend travel from the UK out of precaution since the weekend.

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