First case of new coronavirus variant found in France as cases rise

First case of new coronavirus variant found in France as cases rise

French health authorities have confirmed the country's first case of the virus variant that prompted strict new lockdown measures in Britain and global travel restrictions.

"The person is asymptotic for Covid-19, is now isolated at home and is doing well", the statement said.

The French health ministry said the person was a French citizen in the central town of Tours who had arrived from London on 19th December.

For now, only citizens of France or the European Union, all those with residency legal rights there or small business travellers are permitted to make the crossing from the British isles - if they can display a adverse Covid-19 test much less than 3 days outdated. He was now self-isolating and felt alright, the ministry added.

Other countries have also reported cases of the new variant: on Friday, Japan confirmed five infections in passengers who had all arrived from the United Kingdom, while cases in Singapore, Denmark, Australia and the Netherlands have been reported too.

Any of their contacts that were seen as vulnerable would similarly be isolated, the statement said.

In addition to this first scenario, a number of other beneficial samples that "might counsel the VOC 202012/01 variant are being sequenced" by the professional laboratories of the national Pasteur Institute, the statement extra.

Hancock said more than 1,000 cases of the new variant had been identified, mainly in southeastern England.

However, the new case discovered by the French health authorities entered France before the travel ban was imposed.

France registered 20,262 new, confirmed Covid-19 cases and 159 more related deaths in hospitals in the last 24 hours.

The number of cases and deaths from COVID-19 has mounted in France, increasing concerns of a new wave of the virus hitting the eurozone's second-biggest economy.

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