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The first case of the ‘Nu’ variant of Covid-19 has been detected in Belgium, according to local media information corroborated by a leading doctor, who said health authorities had treated two “suspicious” samples.

We are currently analyzing two suspicious samples“Marc Van Ranst, a leading virologist whose laboratory works closely with Belgian public health organization Sciensano, said on Twitter.

The virologist explained his remark to Reuters, explaining that the samples were described as “mistrustful»Since it was not the Delta variant, dominant in Belgium.

According to local media reports, at least one case of the new strain – variant B.1.1.529, or “Nu” – has been detected in the country. The virus was reportedly found in a young woman who recently traveled to Egypt via Turkey. The patient would not have been vaccinated or contracted Covid-19 in the past. If confirmed, the Belgian case should become the first detected in Europe.

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