Six cases of the B1.1.7 coronavirus variant first recorded in the UK have been detected in Luxembourg, according to analyses carried out at the National Health Laboratory (LNS).
The virus first appeared in Luxembourg on 2 January 2021. Since then, the National Health Laboratory has been analysing 384 samples per week. These analyses have made it possible to detect six proven cases of the new variant, which is said to be 70% more contagious than Covid-19.
In Luxembourg, approximately 30% of positive cases are sequenced in a lab. This means that the virus is studied and then categorised by LNS experts. The Grand Duchy is one of the five countries that executes sequencing the most, along with the United Kingdom and Denmark.
More sequencing generally means more discoveries and, by extension, more cases. At the rate at which the National Health Laboratory is analysing positive tests, the number of cases of the new variant could well multiply in the coming weeks.
In this context, the Luxembourg authorities have introduced restrictive measures for travellers coming from the UK. In fact, it is currently no longer possible to travel to Luxembourg without a valid reason and without a negative test carried out no more than 48 hours prior to travel.