Belgium to test sewage on airliners arriving from COVID-hit China

Belgium to test sewage on airliners arriving from COVID-hit China
Belgium to test sewage on airliners arriving from COVID-hit China

Jan 2 (Reuters) – Belgium will test wastewater from planes arriving from China for new variants of COVID as part of new measures against the spread of the coronavirus as infections in China rise, the government said on Monday.

“It will be an additional surveillance objective to verify that the data we receive from China is accurate,” Steven Van Gucht of the national public health institute Sciensano told Reuters.

He said Belgium was aware that some COVID-infected passengers might not use the toilet during their flights, and so the new measure was “not intended to track people but to independently track what’s going on. in China”.

Belgium also asks travelers from China to test themselves for COVID-19 if they show symptoms seven days after arrival, but will not apply this measure.

At a press conference announcing the new measures, Belgian Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke said a European Union-wide policy was needed in the face of the COVID surge in China.

EU health officials will discuss a coordinated response on Wednesday.

Authorities around the world are imposing or considering restrictions on travelers from China, including mandatory testing for COVID, as infections spread there following Beijing’s relaxation of “zero-COVID” rules.

Reporting by Charlotte Van Campenhout Editing by Mark Heinrich

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