Offbeat South African variant of the coronavirus: screening operation on Saturday in several cities of Île-de-France

22:37  15 january  2021
22:37  15 january  2021 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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An inhabitant of Val-de-Marne, returning from a trip to Mozambique, is a carrier of the South African variant of SARS- CoV-2. Test centers will open in the department but also in Hauts-de-Seine and Essonne.

  Variant sud-africain du coronavirus : opération de dépistage samedi dans plusieurs villes d'Île-de-France © Provided by Franceinfo

The regional health agency of Île -de-France is launching a screening operation for the coronavirus with the opening of several centers on Saturday January 15 in Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine), Maison Alfort and Bonneuil-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne) and Fleury-Mérogis (Essonne), after the discovery of a case of the South African variant of the virus in Val-de-Marne, reports France Bleu Paris . This screening operation began Friday in five schools in several departments in the region.

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A traveler returning from Mozambique carrying the

variant These schools are likely to have attended by children potentially contact cases of an inhabitant of Val-de-Marne returning from a trip to Mozambique and carrying the South African variant of SARS -CoV-2 . This person is currently hospitalized.

Several of the contact cases were diagnosed positive for Covid-19, including children. But at this stage, "sequencing is underway to clarify whether this is the South African variant," indicates ARS Île-de-France. "Protective measures, including isolation, have been respected by all risky contact cases, which continue to be monitored by Health Insurance and the ARS," said the ARS.

In France, four cases, including that of Val-de-Marne, were diagnosed positive for the South African variant of the coronavirus.

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