We don't know a lot, more contagious doesn't have to mean more dangerous and we don't know if it bypasses the vaccine.The inbound planes from S-Africa to The Netherlands were stopped on the tarmac yesterday, and all passengers needed to be tested for covid-19. 61/600 turn out to be positive, but not yet clear for which variant. All of the 12+ aged passengers needed to take a fast covid-test before boarding, by the way.
Meanwhile, they believe that the case discovered in Belgium was the result of local transmission. There are also no direct flights between Belgium and S-Africa. More than 40 'suspect' cases are still being investigated in Belgium.
This is one hell of a virus...
A lot is the typical media hysteria and fear porn that we already had one year ago when different mutations got discovered. Of course it's concerning, but the media will always go full panic mode (how many potential pandemics did we have this century before Covid 19? 4 or 5 at least)