France hit by new cases of South African variant

In mid-January, five schools in Paris and Paris’ suburbs also launched a screening campaign after a person living in the area was tested positive for the South African variant after one of the person's connections had been identified as a contact case.  [Shutterstock/3dartistav]

College Jules Ferry in Eaubonne, north of Paris, had to shut down after two positive cases of the South African variant were detected on Monday. A free and massive three-day screening campaign will start Tuesday for the town of 25,000 inhabitants, with priority going to college students and their families.

In mid-January, five schools in Paris and its suburbs launched a screening campaign after a person living in the area was tested positive for the South African variant after one of the person’s connections had been identified as a contact case. 

More contagious than the original form of COVID-19, the British, South African, and Brazilian variants are of concern to the French health authorities.

The directorate general of health published a note for the attention of health professionals on Sunday containing new specific measures to better identify the South African and Brazilian variants and fight against their spread in France.

“(Their) circulation is now in the minority but (…) present a risk of immune and vaccine escape,” the note states. (Louise Rozès Moscovenko  | EURACTIV.fr)

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