Eleven cases of contamination with the English variant of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Ile-de-France, the director of the Regional Health Agency (ARS) announced on Wednesday, while an investigation conducted last week reported the presence of the new strain in around 1% of positive Covid-19 tests in France.
Guest of BFMTV-RMC, Aurélien Rousseau said that an investigation is underway for two of the eleven cases to understand the origin of the contamination.
In addition to these 11 proven cases, “around 40 suspected cases” have been identified in the region, he said, at a time when the proliferation of cases of the British variant greatly worries the French health authorities.
On Tuesday, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran told the Senate Social Affairs Committee that the English variant was found in around 1% of positive Covid-19 tests in France, according to preliminary results of an investigation conducted 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.
In the wake of the upsurge in Covid-19 contaminations and the appearance of several cases of the English variant in France, a health defense council is scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Elysee Palace under the chairmanship of the Head of State Emmanuel Macron, to take stock of the situation in the country and the progress of the vaccination campaign, which began on December 26.
According to the Ministry of Health, 189,834 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in France on January 12, while the executive intends to vaccinate 1 million people among the priority audiences in January.
SL (with MAP)