Specialists recently predicted the UK variant was to be dominant in France by early March. Predictions seem to come true: as of February 25, 2021, Jean Castex said the UK variant was found in about half of new coronavirus cases. For the record, the coronavirus variant is said to be 70% more transmissible than the historic strain.
According to the latest epidemiologic report by Santé Publique France - as of March 5, 2021 - the UK variant is now found in 59% of new cases reported in France. It even dominates in over 57 departments including Île-de-France. As for the other variants, the South African and Brazilian strains are found in 6% of cases. This number reaches 10% in 9 mainland departments.
Covid: strict 24/7 lockdown in 16 departments, Jean Castex's statements
A new press brief has been held this Thursday March 18, 2021 at 7 p.m.: Jean Castex and his government presented the latest measures and governmental decisions as for the health crisis. The Prime Minister decided on strict 24/7 lockdown in Île-de-France and Hauts-de-France. But, schools remain open, inter-regional trips are banned, sports activities and strolls are allowed within a 10-km perimeter, excluding time restriction. The third lockdown starts this Friday at midnight for one month.
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As vaccine campaigns have debuted all over the world, new coronavirus variants have been found in the United-Kingdom, in South Africa and in Brazil, making the authorities worried. Here is the latest news on the matter.
Covid: UK variant dominates in Île-de-France, 87.7% of cases in Paris
Covid-19 UK variant is now set in Paris and Île-de-France. According to Santé Publique France's latest report, it is found in 87.7% of PCR+ cases in Paris, and over 60% in the area.