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French Health Minister Olivier Véran said on Tuesday that the South African variant of Covid-19 was on the rise in the greater Paris region of Île-de-France, but that no strain of the Indian variant was had so far been detected.
The South African variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is spreading rapidly in Île-de-France, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran warned on Tuesday.
“This week we have seen a sharp increase in the proportion [of Covid-19 cases involving] the South African variant, which represented 6% of diagnoses and which now represents 10%, especially in the inner Parisian suburbs ”, he announced on the sidelines of a visit to a regional health crisis center in the Paris suburbs hard hit. of Seine-Saint-Denis.
However, Véran said that no case has been confirmed involving the Indian variant in the greater Paris area.
President Emmanuel Macron will speak in the coming days to detail the gradual lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, Véran said, despite the surge in ICU admissions. French hospitals recorded 400 new deaths on Monday and exceeded the threshold of 6,000 Covid-19 patients in intensive care, a level not seen since April 2020 during the first wave of the epidemic.
“We must continue our efforts, especially in the fight against the spread of the variants which, as we know, are more contagious,” said Véran.
France was on the way to exceeding the symbolic bar of 20 million vaccinations (first and second doses combined) on Tuesday, but the slow deployment of innoculations remains insufficient to help France out of its health crisis. As of Monday, 27% of the adult population had received a first dose of the vaccine while 10.8% had received two doses.
(UKTN with Reuters and UKTN)