France has confirmed the primary case of a brand new coronavirus variant that lately emerged in Britain, its well being ministry stated.
The brand new pressure of the virus, which specialists concern is extra contagious, has prompted greater than 50 international locations to impose journey restrictions on the UK.
The primary French case — present in a citizen dwelling in Britain who arrived from London on December 19 — is asymptomatic and self-isolating at house in Excursions in central France, the ministry stated late Friday.
They had been examined in a hospital on December 21, and later discovered constructive for the pressure.
Well being authorities have carried out contact-tracing for the well being professionals caring for the affected person, the ministry stated in a press release.
Any of their contacts that had been seen as susceptible would equally be remoted, it stated.
Along with this primary case, a number of different constructive samples that “might recommend the VOC 202012/01 variant are being sequenced” by the specialist laboratories of the nationwide Pasteur Institute, the assertion added.
On Monday, France’s well being minister Olivier Veran had admitted that it was doable the newly found pressure was already within the nation.
Italian authorities have detected the brand new pressure in a affected person in Rome, whereas the World Well being Group reported that 9 circumstances have been detected in Denmark and one every within the Netherlands and Australia.
Following the snap 48-hour ban this week, France had reopened its borders to the UK — partly to permit French residents to return house, in addition to to alleviate the huge build-up of freight items — however had instituted a testing coverage.
France’s inside ministry stated Thursday that limits on journey from the UK will proceed “till a minimum of January 6”.
For now, solely residents of France or the EU, these with residency rights there or enterprise travellers are allowed to make the crossing from the UK — if they’ll present a unfavourable Covid-19 take a look at lower than three days previous.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated the brand new viral pressure “could also be as much as 70 % extra transmissible than the unique model of the illness”.
Forward of Christmas British well being minister Matt Hancock introduced the enlargement of strict lockdown measures throughout additional components of the south of England to include the unfold of the illness.
With greater than 68,000 deaths from the virus, the UK is likely one of the hardest hit international locations in Europe.
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