FRANCE, PARIS :
The first case of a particularly infectious coronavirus variant that recently emerged in Britain has been confirmed in France, the health ministry said on Friday (Dec 25,2020).
The person - a French citizen living in Britain - is asymptomatic and self-isolating at home in Tours in Central of France.
The person arrived from London on Dec 19,2020 and was tested in hospital on Dec 21, 2020 and found to be positive for the strain of the virus known as VOC 202012/01.
" The health authorities have carried out contact-tracing for the health professionals taking care of the patient," the ministry informed in a statement.
Any of their contacts that were seen as vulnerable would similarly be isolate, stated in statement.
In addition to this first case, " to date, several positive samples that may suggest the VOC 202112/01 variant are being sequenced " by the specialist laboratories of the national Pasteur Institute, the statement added.
@ Jackie San