In the interview, Marc Van Ranst says there were “tangible plans” that the police knew about. The crisis center then asked the police to provide protection to the virologist and his family. Van Ranst and the police eventually agreed that the police would regularly patrol near his home.
The virologist himself suspects that the threat comes from the extreme right. “I’ve been following the extreme right for thirty years,” he said in the interview. Van Ranst puts the threat into perspective and is not intimidated.