Jean Castex's latest press brief: the UK coronavirus variant found in over half of cases

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Photos by Rizhlaine F. · Published on 7 March 2021 at 14h07 · Updated on 7 March 2021 at 14h07
As the coronavirus epidemic keeps on spreading in France, the Prime Minister addressed the situation. He says the UK coronavirus variant may be found in over 50% of coronavirus cases in the country.

This Thursday February 25, 2021, Prime Minister Jean Castex has held a press brief he addressed the situation in France. He describes a preoccupying situation including a new surge of the coronavirus epidemic that translates with 30,000 new cases reported the day before. This increase is said to be caused by the spread of more transmissible coronavirus mutations.

Specialists recently estimated the UK variant will become dominant in France by the beginning of March. And it seems to become the trend: according to the Prime Minister, the UK variant now represents 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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