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“It’s a little curious”: Yves Van Laethem reacts to the contamination by two variants of a Belgian nonagenarian

The phenomenon is certainly underestimated.

Dhe researchers at the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwziekenhuis (OLVZ) hospital in Aalst reported on Sunday the unprecedented case of a nonagenarian who died in March from Covid-19, after being infected simultaneously with two different variants, the Alpha ( British) and Beta (South African), an undoubtedly “underestimated” phenomenon.

Yves Van Laethem, interfederal spokesperson for Covid-19 was questioned by Bel RTL on the fate of this person. The case of this lady, is it the only one of which we are aware? “It is not the only one. To my knowledge, the first cases were detected in Brazil in February of this year” he explained to our colleagues. “Usually, this double infection can only exist if two different viruses are circulating widely. For now, we have the opportunity with the Alpha (British) variant and the Delta variant. Here, it’s a bit odd. There was (in March) the Alpha variant, logical it was dominant, but also a variant that was not very present, the South African variant, and it really has to do with the fact that the person has, by bad luck, encountered two different contaminators. Both were able to transmit the virus, “said Yves Van Laethem.

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