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RIVM: An Worrying British Boom in Utrecht Province

Utrecht Province The British alternative to the Coronavirus has begun to mutate again. This ‘worrying’ change was first identified in the Netherlands. It relates to someone who has been tested in Utrecht. GGD is currently conducting a search for source and connection. This was reported by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

The so-called E484K mutation has been identified in 23 people in the United Kingdom. It can make existing coronavirus vaccines less effective against the virus. The same change has been seen before with the South African and Brazilian variants. It’s also possible that the mutation affects the strength of the virus’s attachment to cells in the body.


Between Monday morning and Tuesday morning, 2,735 new positive coronavirus tests were recorded with RIVM, which is well below the average over the past seven days for 3,604 new cases of corona per day. However, the percentage of positive tests is increasing. As a result, the number of new cases remains more or less the same over the past week. In the past seven days, 25,229 positive results were recorded, compared to 24,668 in the previous week.

The speed at which the Coronavirus is spreading is increasing, according to RIVM. The so-called reproductive number increased from 0.91 to 0.96. “More and more people are being infected with the more contagious British variant.”

In the safe zone of Utrecht, 178 injuries have been added in the past 24 hours, in line with the downward trend. In Groningen, Kennemerland and Goi in Westerich, the number of reports increased by more than 20 percent. The number of reports has stabilized in Drenthe, Gelderland, Twente, Zanstreich-Waterland, Eggsland, Rotterdam-Regenmund.

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