After having crossed the borders, the English variant continued its expansion in France. 23 people were diagnosed positive within a family cluster “expanded” to 46 people, announced this Saturday, January 9, the prefecture of Bouches-du-Rhône, which invited the greatest vigilance. “Out of a total of 46 contact persons, 21 have tested positive and investigations are underway to limit the spread of this highly contagious variant as much as possible”, said Prefect Christophe Mirmand in a press release. Among these people, the English variant of the virus has been detected once. According to the regional health agency, the number of positive cases is now 23 in addition to the British variant case.
“The case [de variant anglais] would have been detected in the city center of Marseille and declared an English variant of the Covid by the services of the IHU Méditerranée Infection, of Pr. Didier Raoult “, indicates France 3 PACA, which quotes the Regional Health Agency (ARS). This source of contamination is said to be made up of a family of 5 expatriates in the United Kingdom who came on vacation in the south of France. They have since left, still according to the ARS.
In the department, the situation remains “particularly worrying”, warned the prefect, pointing to an incidence rate higher than 225 per 100,000 inhabitants (against a national rate of 157.8, according to the Ministry of Health). As a result, the curfew introduced at 8 p.m. has been brought forward to 6 p.m. in the Bouches-du-Rhône from Sunday January 10. With the other departments – Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Var, Vaucluse Alpes-Maritimes, the entire PACA region is now affected by the measure since the Hautes-Alpes were already concerned.
In an opinion delivered to the government, the Scientific Council had warned on December 22 that the English variant would be “very probably found in the coming days”. He then called for “active surveillance” of this new strain and reassured at the same time: PCR tests make it possible to diagnose it, which can be seen again by the discovery of this outbreak in Marseille.