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first case detected in France of the South African variant


The #South #African variant was confirmed on #Wednesday in a man returning from #South #Africa residing in the #Haut-Rhin, near the #Swiss border.

A first case of contamination with the variant of the #Covid-19 virus identified in #South #Africa has been detected in #France, the #Ministry of #Health announced on #Thursday, a few days after the first confirmed case of the #British variant.

#This variant, which like that of the #United #Kingdom could be more transmissible, was confirmed on #Wednesday in a man returning from #South #Africa living in the #Haut-Rhin, near the #Swiss border.

#On his return from a stay in #South #Africa, the man who had developed symptoms suggestive of #Covid-19 performed an RT-PCR test in #Switzerland.

The test having been positive, a sequencing of the virus was carried out, confirming the variant called “501.V2”, identified in #South #Africa in #October and which is responsible in this country for a large majority of new cases.

The person now healed, “immediately isolated himself at his home as soon as the symptoms appeared” and “no risky contact was identified”, assured the ministry.

The health authorities “are mobilized”

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A first case of the variant identified in the #United #Kingdom in #December had been confirmed in #France on #December 25, in #Tours, on a #Frenchman who had arrived from #London a few days earlier.

#For the two variants, which could be more transmissible but not intrinsically more dangerous, the health authorities “are mobilized to identify as early as possible each infected patient to isolate them, isolate their contacts and test them, and thus prevent the spread of variants SARS-CoV-2 on the national territory “, assured the ministry.

#For each person returning from the #United #Kingdom or #South #Africa who would test positive for #Covid-19, the samples must be sequenced to confirm the presence or not of a variant of the virus.

The #European #Center for #Disease #Prevention and #Control (ECDC) this week warned of a “high” risk that these variants are a source of additional strain on health systems and a cause of higher mortality due to their greater contagiousness.



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