Coronavirus: "Variants have become standard in France", Olivier Véran says

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Photos by Rizhlaine F. · Published on 11 March 2021 at 18h48 · Updated on 12 March 2021 at 09h47
In France, the UK coronavirus variant keeps on spreading in France and even dominates the historic strain. It is now found in almost 60% of coronavirus cases in the country and dominates in 57 mainland departments. According to Health Minister Olivier Véran, "variants have become standard in France".

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.

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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.

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