Two new cases with omikron in Belgium.. a total of 4 cases so far

UZ Gent has also discovered two cases of the new corona variant omikron. These are two samples that were already taken last week, confirms Bruno Verhasselt, head of the laboratory at UZ Gent. One of the patients had recently traveled, the other had not. For example, the counter of the number of omi crashes in Belgium is currently at four. Last Friday, UZ Leuven confirmed the first case, a 38-year-old woman who traveled to Egypt. A second case was discovered yesterday. Labs all over the world are now looking for the spread of omikron in their own country. After all, the World Health Organization has labeled this variant as worrisome. Early data shows that the variant is spreading faster. In doing so, she may bypass the built-up immunity. To be sure that it is an infection with the new variant, the genetic information of the virus must be read. That is a time consuming job. The researchers are helped in this because the PCR test already indicates which samples are suspicious. After all, one of the pieces that the PCR test looks for is missing in the omikron variant, but not in the delta variant. This is how the samples were discovered at UZ Gent and UZ Leuven Currently, 115 schools and boarding schools of Dutch-language education in Flanders and Brussels are closed due to an excessive number of infection rates and absentees. The cabinet of Flemish Education Minister Ben Weyts (N-VA) announced this on Thursday. volume_upcontent_copysharestar_border

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