The Canton of Neuchâtel has just identified a first case of the new variant of Sars-Cov-2 following a retrospective analysis of results from December 31, 2020. Tested positive for Covid-19 on January 1, the case has just been confirmed by sequencing for the British variant. Other cantons also reported five situations involving contact cases. An investigation and control measures are underway.
This new variant is much more contagious and can lead to an exponential increase in the number of patients. The Neuchâtel health authorities ask the population to scrupulously respect the security measures and barrier gestures. In the current state of knowledge, the vaccine against Covid-19 seems to retain all its effectiveness against this new variant. / comm-jha