A case of the Indian variant of the coronavirus was detected in southwestern France , the regional health agency of the New Aquitaine region announced on Thursday .
“We have identified that it was the Indian variant” in the case of infection “in a patient who had returned from India,” Benoît Elleboode, the agency’s regional director, told BFMTV and CNews television.
The French Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, had declared on Tuesday that “in metropolitan France” no case of the variant of Indian origin had been detected.
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According to Elleboode, “it is the first case in France, in any case it is the first confirmed case in our Lot-et-Garonne region”.
According to the person in charge, the case was detected in “a patient who had returned from India and who was undergoing a test again because he had to go abroad again.”
“We identified that it was the Indian variant and the entire device for tracking contacts, isolating and protecting all people was put into operation,” he added.
In CNews, the regional director added that a second suspected case had been detected in Bordeaux (southwest). “The virus is being sequenced […] and in principle we will have the answer tomorrow,” Friday, he explained.
India surpasses 200,000 deaths with pandemic out of control
The Indian variant of the coronavirus is considered responsible, in part, for a second wave of the epidemic in India.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday that this mutation of the virus had been identified in 17 countries, several of them European .
New peak of cases in India
India this Friday registered a new record in the numbers of daily infections by coronavirus with more than 380,000 in the last 24 hours, while the number of deaths experienced a slight decrease with almost 3,500 deaths.
India sets new record for COVID-19 deaths
Specifically, the country reported 386,452 new infections in the last 24 hours, raising the total to more than 18.7 million cases since the beginning of the pandemic, which keeps India as the second most affected nation in absolute terms alone. behind the United States.
The number of deaths from covid-19 fell, however, slightly to stand at 3,498, after yesterday reaching a historical maximum of more than 3,600 deaths in one day , according to the daily report issued by the Indian Ministry of Health.
India is at the global epicenter of a pandemic that is advancing by leaps and bounds : in these last seven days, the average number of daily infections exceeded 357,000, while the average number of deaths exceeded, for the first time, the threshold of 3,000.
In this sense, the total number of active cases grew by 3.6% compared to last week while the positivity rate increased to 20.9%, while just a month ago that figure was below 6%.
The World Health Organization (WHO) considers the pandemic to be under control in a country if the positivity rate is below the 5% threshold.
Despite the fact that in the first wave of the pandemic, India’s recovery rate was one of the highest in the world, with 97% of cases detected, it is now 82.1%.
The covid is hitting New Delhi with special virulence , which with 24,235 new infections in the last day, reported 395 deaths, the highest mortality rate it has suffered so far.