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the South African variant detected for the first time in France in a resident of Haut-Rhin


The 501.V2 variant has arrived in #France. A first case of contamination with the new variant of the #Covid-19 virus identified in #South #Africa has been detected in #France, announced the #Ministry of #Health, #Thursday #December 31, a few days after the first confirmed case of the new #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 residing in the #Haut-Rhin, near the #Swiss border. #On his return, the man had developed symptoms suggestive of #Covid-19 and carried out an RT-PCR test in #Switzerland. The test having been positive, a sequencing of the virus was carried out, confirming the variant 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 herself at her home as soon as symptoms appeared” and “no risk contact has been identified”, assures the ministry.

The #European #Center for #Disease #Prevention and #Control this week warned of a risk “#Student” that these variants from #South #Africa and the #United #Kingdom are a source of additional pressure on health systems and a higher cause of mortality due to their greater contagiousness.



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