FRANCE: First case of new COVID variant found in France as cases rise

First case of new COVID variant found in France as cases rise
Paris, France – France recorded its first case of the new variant of coronavirus, as the number of cases and deaths from COVID-19 mounted within the country, increasing concerns of a new wave of the virus hitting the euro zone’s second-biggest economy.

The French health ministry said a Frenchman who recently arrived back in France from London had tested positive for the new variant of the coronavirus.

The ministry said findings show the first case in France is within the city of Tours. The person in question arrived from London on Dec. 19. He was currently self-isolating and felt alright, the ministry added.

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock had said on Dec. 14 the linking to the new variant of the virus within the country may have caused a spike in cases.

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

Countries round the world have in recent days closed their borders to both Britain and South Africa. Following the identification of cases of the new, fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus in those countries.

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

France’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases now stands at 2,547,771 while its COVID-19 death toll stands at 62,427 – the seventh-highest within the world.

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