The French Ministry of Health confirmed on Thursday the first case of the new variant of coronavirus found in South Africa.
The new strain was identified in a French citizen returning from a recent stay in South Africa. He is currently isolated and is recovering well.
The man who lived in the Haut-Rhin department, near the Swiss border, on his return, took the RT-PCR test following the suggestive symptoms of COVID-19, the ministry said in a statement. The test carried out in Switzerland was positive and was reported by the Swiss health authorities to their French counterparts.
Both the National Reference Center for Emerging Viral Infections (CRIVE Switzerland) and the National Reference Center for Respiratory Infections (CNR France) confirmed the sequencing of the 501 V2 test sample.
His contact did not find any people in danger.
On December 25, France detected the new variant of COVID-19 circulating in Great Britain, in a man from the city of Tours who was returning from London.
Reports of new cases have led authorities to set up a system to detect and monitor cases of infection or variants from passengers returning from the UK and South Africa, in order to spread their border to France.
The Ministry of Health required the presentation of a negative test performed less than 72 hours in advance for anyone returning to France from the United Kingdom and South Africa.
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