a first confirmed case in France of the variant which appeared in the United Kingdom

    a first confirmed case in France of the variant which appeared in the United Kingdom

    A first case of contamination by the variant of the Covid-19 virus that appeared in the United Kingdom was detected on Friday, December 25 in France, in Tours, announced the Ministry of Health.

    The infected person, a French resident in the United Kingdom, is asymptomatic and was isolated at his home, said a statement. Come “From London on December 19”, the “Was taken care of at the CHU on the 21st and detected positive”, relates the ministry, for whom it is the “First contamination with the VOC 202012/01 variant of the virus” of Covid-19 detected in France.

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    Several samples “in the process of sequencing”

    As foreseen by the procedure put in place after the discovery in the south-east of the United Kingdom of this variant, which is possibly more contagious, a “Sequencing” the virus carried by this patient had been requested National Reference Center for Respiratory Infections Viruses. The latter confirmed the infection with the VOC 202012/01 variant on Friday.

    “The health authorities proceeded with contact-tracing [traçage des contacts] health professionals who have taken care of the patient and looking for his contact persons at risk, to carry out their strict isolation ”, is it specified.

    Besides this case, “To date, several positive samples that may suggest the VOC 202012/01 variant are being sequenced by the CNR laboratories”, adds the ministry.

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