Friday 23 April 2021
Incoming students are affected
Indian “twin mutant” discovered in Belgium
The number of infections in India is on the rise. A new corona variant should be the reason for this. Now the mutant has come to Belgium as well. Many students coming from India have been affected.
For the first time, a new Indian variant of the corona virus has been discovered in Belgium. Belgian officials said on Thursday that variant P1.617 was found in a group of 20 Indian students who arrived in Belgium on a bus after landing in Paris in mid-April. They are therefore isolated in Alst and Levan. There they wanted to start training as a nurse.
Before going to Europe, students must undergo a PCR test and then come back for a quick test. Five days after the bus ride, they showed the first signs of Govt-19.
The variant P.1617 was first discovered in the West Indies in October. After all, it contains two mutations in the spike protein of the virus, which the pathogen uses to mutate in human cells. These can lead to higher portability. Experts already believe that the so-called dual mutant is responsible for the rapidly increasing corona cases in India.
The “dual mutant” has already been found in other countries, including the United States, Australia, Israel and Singapore. So many countries have issued entry restrictions or issued travel warnings to travelers coming from India. On Tuesday, the Foreign Office in Berlin asked Germans who had not been vaccinated against corona to “consider a temporary return to Germany until the medical supply situation improves.”