GGD Drenthe was informed that a highly contagious British Coronavirus variant was found in a random sample from a resident of the city of Emmen
Translated by Adriana Dancu
A resident in the city of Emmen was confirmed to be suffering from the highly-contagious British variant of the Coronavirus, reports the DvhN. Confirmation of the case came from the GGD laboratory yesterday.
“In Drenthe, we conduct weekly random tests on the British variant,” says Raaijmakers. This happens with a small percentage of the number of Coronavirus infections, however. “So, it is possible that more people in this province are infected with the British variant.”
The mayor of Emmen has been informed of the infection as well, but the discovery of the new British variant of the virus is unlikely to lead to additional measures. “Extensive source and contact research is being done around this person,” Raaijmakers explains.
“That’s the only way to get the virus under control”
The GGD Drenthe has also made an urgent appeal to residents to take precautions, and respect the measures already imposed: “That’s the only way to get the virus under control.”
The British variant of the Coronavirus has already been diagnosed dozens of times in the Netherlands, including 54 infections in the vicinity of the school in Bergschenhoek (in the municipality of Lansingerland). The infections have been detected by various laboratories in the country.
During Tuesday’s press conference, Minister Hugo de Jonge said that “2 to 5 percent” of infections in the Netherlands are now occurring through the British variant. The fear is that there will be considerably more.
The government is seriously concerned about this variant, which has led to enormous infection figures in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Even though the mutated virus is especially contagious, patients do not seem to become more ill.
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