A case of the Indian variant of Covid-19 was detected in Lot-et-Garonne, announced the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Thursday April 29. “We identified that it was the Indian variant” about a case in Lot-et-Garonne “Of a patient who returned from India”, said Benoît Elleboode, regional director of the ARS, at BFMTV and CNews.
The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, indicated on Tuesday that“No case of variant of Indian origin” has not been detected ” in France “. According to 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 identified that it was the Indian variant and therefore the whole “retrotracing” device. [traçage des cas contact], isolation and protection of all people has been put in place vis-à-vis this Indian variant. “
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 added.
The Indian variant of the coronavirus is believed to be partly responsible for 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.