A case of an Indian variant of covid-19 has been detected in Lot-et-Garonne, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Regional Health Agency announced on Thursday. “We identified that it was the Indian variant” about a case in Lot-et-Garonne “of a patient returning from India,” said Benoît Elleboode, regional director of the ARS, to BFMTV and CNews.
The Minister of Health Olivier Véran had indicated Tuesday that “no case of variant of Indian origin” was detected “in metropolitan France”. According to Benoît Elleboode, “this is the first case in France, in any case it is the first case in our region in Lot-et-Garonne that has been confirmed”.
The “sequencing was done in Toulouse on a patient who had returned from India and who was taking a test again because he had to go abroad. We have identified that it was the Indian variant and therefore the entire retrotracing, isolation and protection system for all people has been put in place vis-à-vis this Indian variant, ”added Benoît Elleboode.
A second suspected case in Bordeaux
On CNews, the regional director added that a second case, this time in Bordeaux, was suspected. “The virus is being sequenced at Bordeaux University Hospital and we will have the answer normally tomorrow” Friday, he said.
The Indian variant of the coronavirus is held responsible of a second devastating epidemic wave in India. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday that this mutation of the virus had been identified in 17 countries, including several in Europe.
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