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US News Four cases of Brazilian variant were detected in France

23:18  04 february  2021
23:18  04 february  2021 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Quatre cas de variant brésilien ont été détectés en France © Copyright 2021, L'Obs

Four first cases of infection with the Brazilian variant of the coronavirus were detected in France, in addition to of the English variants and south -African , the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, said on Thursday, February 4.

We have known "since yesterday" that there are "four cases of variant of Brazilian origin, in particular in the Var, in the Aura region (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) as well as in Réunion", declared Olivier Véran. during of a press conference alongside the Prime Minister, Jean Castex .

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One of these cases is" a woman who was returning from Manaus in Brazil "and passed through Sao Paulo, Frankfurt, Paris and Marseille.

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"We want to limit the spread of these variants as much as possible, save time in order to be able to vaccinate and protect the most fragile among us," assured the Minister of Health.

More reinfections

However, "the variants, because they are more contagious, are gradually replacing Covid 19 in the form we know", he warned.

"The so-called British variant has the particularity of being more contagious, but a priori not more serious," said Olivier Véran.

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The South African and Brazilian variants "worry us even more, firstly because there is less data on infections that they lead, then because certain studies tend to show that there are more re-infections, and finally because we lack elements to be fully sure that the vaccines would be also effective on these variants ”, he added. He underlines.

Jean Castex and Olivier Véran indicated that variants represented around 14% of all positive tests for Covid-19 according to a survey conducted on January 27, compared to 3.3% on February 7 and 8.

At this stage, it is "essentially the variant of English origin," said Olivier Véran.

The Covid-19 would have circulated in France from November 2019, according to French researchers .
© Copyright 2020, L'Obs Is the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic even more vague than it seems ? According to the work of French researchers relayed by "the World" and the Inserm site on Wednesday February 10, the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus was already circulating in France from November, weeks before the first official case, and before the outbreak of cases in Wuhan in China, considered the cradle of the pandemic.

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