A 90-year-old woman who died of coronavirus infection in the European country of Belgium has been found infected with both alpha and beta variants. The woman died in March, and now genome sequencing has found both alpha and beta variants in her sample. How the woman got infected with both variants is not yet known. Both these variants are in circulation in Belgium.
What are Alpha and Beta variants?
Alpha and beta are the two more contagious variants of the coronavirus. Alpha was first found in the United Kingdom (UK), and Beta was first found in South Africa. The alpha variant is thought to be about 50 per cent more infectious than the original variant of Covid-19 and is one of the most infectious variants of the corona. Whereas the beta variant is successful in dodging vaccines, and vaccines against it are not very effective.