Following the discovery of the more infectious mutant coronavirus in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Belgium also announced the discovery of four and two cases of the same mutant virus infection.
However, Belgian virologists believe that the mutant virus found in Belgium does not come from the United Kingdom, but is closely related to the Netherlands.
According to AFP and Brussels Times on the 22nd, on the 21st local time, Steven Van Gucht, spokesman of Belgium’s National Virus Crisis Center, said that they found four cases of mutant virus infection in the Flemish region bordering the Netherlands in the north earlier this month.
“It’s normal for the virus to continue to see new variants, and whether the virus will have an outbreak or not is related to whether it can effectively spread it,” Gucci said. Therefore, it depends on our actions.”
On the 22nd local time, Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge announced that two cases of mutant virus infection had been found in the Amsterdam area, and the source of infection was temporarily unknown.
What must be faced is that more people may have been infected, Jung noted.” But we think it’s just a case, unlike the situation in the UK.”
On the other hand, Belgian virus expert Marc Van Ranst believes that the mutant virus infected four people in Belgium does not come from the United Kingdom, but enters Belgium through the Netherlands.
It is understood that the Netherlands has suspended all passenger flights from the United Kingdom on Sunday for 10 days until January next year since one case of the virus was detected last week.
As of the 23rd, about 50 countries and regions around the world have implemented additional epidemic prevention measures to prevent the importation of mutant viruses.