A Belgian women has died after contracting two Covid-19 variants, both the Alpha and Beta variants.
The 90-year-old unvaccinated woman was admitted to hospital after becoming ill with Covid-19.
Her condition deteriorated rapidly after being admitted to hospital and died five days later.
After being tested for variants of concern, medical staff determined that the woman had contracted both the Alpha variant, first identified in Britain, and the Beta variant, first detected in South Africa.
“Both these variants were circulating in Belgium at the time, so it is likely that the lady was co-infected with different viruses from two different people,” Anne Vankeerberghen from the OLV Hospital said.
Researchers in Belgium are concerned that the rare phenomenon may be underestimated.