Previously known as the Indian variant, the Delta variant of the coronavirus has claimed its place in the Netherlands. Dutch virologist Marion Koopmans expects it to continue spreading.
Currently, the variant is more common in the Rotterdam region than in other parts of the country. “We expect that to continue, so it’s important that the basic measures remain in place,” Koopmans tells Rijnmond.
While it’s easy to get carried away by the new relaxations, it’s necessary to still respect social distancing and keep the 1.5-metre distance.
Similar situation as the UK
Numbers show that the Delta variant is more contagious than other coronavirus strains. In the UK, it quickly superseded the other variants, which forced the country to postpone its plans for reopening.
In the Netherlands, Koopmans says we might encounter a similar situation to the one we had around Christmas. Just like the British variant at the time, she now expects the Delta variant to become much more widespread and cause increased infection rates.
Currently, it’s responsible for about three percent of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands. This number is slightly higher in Rotterdam. However, Koopmans reassures that they are keeping a close eye on it.
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