WORLD About 10 cases of COVID-19 variant spotted in France, says minister

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About 10 cases of COVID-19 variant spotted in France, says minister

Xinhua

18:57, January 05, 2021

PARIS, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- "About 10 suspected or proven cases" of the coronavirus variant detected in Britain have so far been spotted in France, Minister of Health Olivier Veran said on Tuesday.

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"It is a variant that worries us and for which we are deploying very important logistical and diagnostic resources," said the minister in an interview with RTL radio, adding that all people arriving from Britain must be tested.

The COVID-19 variant is circulating in Paris, according to Martin Hirsch, director general of the Paris hospitals system.

A case was detected in a Parisian laboratory for a patient in the Paris region, he told France 2 television on Tuesday.

Ten days ago, France reported the first case of this coronavirus variant in Tours in the center-west.

Last Thursday, France reported its first case of the South African variant of coronavirus in a man returning from South Africa who lived in Haut-Rhin in the east.

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