Belgium detects first case of new COVID-19 variant in Europe

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BRUSSELS, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Belgium has detected the first case of the new coronavirus variant which was first found in South Africa, a virologist said on Friday.

Marc Van Ranst, whose laboratory works closely with Belgium's public health body Sciensano, said on Twitter that the variant was found in a traveller returning in Belgium from Egypt on Nov 11. The person developed the first symptoms on Nov. 22, the virologist said

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Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio and Marine Strauss; Editing by Alison Williams

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