“The Indian variant is still rare at this stage, but vigilance is required.” Like the group of nursing students who had been infected with this variant, the affected person traveled to India and tested positive on his return to Belgium. The man was therefore not infected here, but very probably in India or during his trip to Belgium. He is currently in quarantine.
The Indian variant is not very widespread at the moment in Belgium, unlike the British variant for example. “We cannot establish a percentage of its presence in relation to the total number of infections. The number of known cases is indeed still too small to draw a comparison. But there are certainly cases that we cannot detect, as happens for the ‘classic’ variant. In other countries, we have also seen that contaminations by this variant increased exponentially and this could happen here too, which worries me “, concluded the virologist.