The British variant of Covid-19 raises fears of a further increase in contaminations. In the Bouches-du-Rhône, a cluster of 21 people was detected and patient zero identified. In the department, the curfew has been brought forward to 6 p.m., but according to Marseille virologist Etienne Decroly, the epidemic is on the rise in Marseille and the threat of new confinement looms.
Are we going to experience a third lockdown? If the number of coronavirus contaminations has been around 20,000 new daily cases for the past few days, the British variant of Covid-19 is increasingly worrying. The government has taken measures to prevent this variant from spreading on French territory, for example by requiring a negative test of less than 72 hours to enter the country. Despite this, a cluster of 21 people was detected in Marseille. It is now known that the family came from Great Britain and patient zero has been identified. “It’s reassuring to know where it started”, comments virologist Etienne Decroly on Europe 1.
“The epidemic is resuming in Marseille”
But despite this, the research director at the CNRS in Marseille is worried: “we are not able to isolate in a sufficiently systematic way the people who have been contaminated. The consequence is that we always have people who fall through the cracks “. “What we have clearly seen for a few days from the analyzes of Marseille wastewater is that the epidemic is resuming in Marseille. So there is a significant risk that we will be forced to re-limit ourselves in the weeks to come, “he continues.
Pending possible new measures, the curfew has been brought forward to 6 p.m. from Sunday. But this decision does not satisfy the local elected officials. “This announcement leaves us with a very, very bitter taste,” said Michèle Rubirola, first deputy mayor of Marseille, on Saturday at the microphone of Europe 1. She regrets that the city’s elected officials have not been heard “at the national level “.