While the United Kingdom has just announced its total re-containment in the face of the surge in Covid-19 cases, Olivier Véran confirms the presence of the British variant in France.
“At this stage, we have around ten suspected or proven cases of the English variant“, declared Mr. Véran on RTL, indicating that the probably greater transmissibility of this variant”worry” authorities.
“It is a variant that worries us and for which we are deploying very important logistical and diagnostic resources.“, he continued, recalling that”all people returning to France from England must have been tested“.
“There are quarantines when there are doubts“, he said.
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Cases that are increasing in France
In France, a first case was confirmed in France on December 25, in Tours, on a Frenchman who arrived from London a few days earlier.
A second case was detected in Corsica on a person returning from London, the Corsican Regional Health Agency said on Monday.
Interviewed on the Télématin plateau, Martin Hirsch, the director of the AP-HP, affirms that this variant is already present in the capital.
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Another variant that is arguably more transmissible has also emerged in South Africa, where it is now the majority.
Health authorities said last Thursday that a first case of contamination with this South African variant had been detected in France, in a man returning from South Africa and living in the Haut-Rhin
A much more contagious variant
“It is clear that we must do more” for “take control“of this more contagious variant,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.
Detected in November in the UK, the B.1.1.7 variant, now called VOC 202012/01, quickly spread across the UK and was then detected in dozens of countries around the world.
According to the first data, it is significantly more contagious than the classic virus. Even if it does not appear to be inherently more dangerous, the fact that it is more transmissible increases the risk of hospitals being saturated with Covid-19 patients.