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Belgium: five cases of Brazilian Covid variant

Belgium has found five people infected with the so-called Brazilian Covid-19 variant, more contagious than the other known variants, the Belgian newspaper De Standaard reports. One of the infected people lives in the city of Seraing, one in Flanders and three in or around Brussels. None of them had travelled. Like the South African variant, the Brazilian variant is able to circumvent Covid immunity.

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