The director of ARS, Aurélien Rousseau, who was the guest of BFMTV-RMC, indicated that an investigation is underway for two of the eleven cases to understand the origin of the contamination, while an investigation carried out the week The latter reports the presence of the new strain in around 1% of positive Covid-19 tests in France.
In addition to these 11 proven cases, “around forty suspected cases” have been identified in the region, said Rousseau, at a time when the proliferation of cases of the British variant greatly worries the French health authorities.
It should be noted that the Minister of Health Olivier Véran declared on Tuesday before the Senate Social Affairs Committee that the English variant was found in around 1% of positive tests for Covid-19 in France, according to preliminary results from a survey carried out over two days last week, reporting a “territorial dispersion which means that there is no [une] region which would concentrate many cases ”.
In the same context, Jean-François Delfraissy, President of the Scientific Council, body set up to enlighten the government in the management of the health crisis, spoke on Wednesday on France Info of “a speed race” in the face of the “inevitable appearance Of this variant.
“Anyway we’re going to have an extension of the English variant,” Delfraissy warned, adding that the “question is not to block it” because “we can’t”, but “to try to slow it down by taking a certain number of measures ”.
“The appearance of this English variant can lead us to figures of several tens of thousands of people affected if we look at the beginning of April,” he explained.