Friday, January 28

Coronavirus – The detection of Omicron in France, “probably a matter of hours” for Olivier Véran

(Belga) The detection in France of the Omicron variant of the virus responsible for Covid-19 is “very likely a matter of hours,” French Minister of Health Olivier Véran said on Sunday.

“We are still at the screening stage. We have several possible cases. About ten. At this stage, we are on possible cases,” said government spokesman Gabriel Attal on CNews later in the day. “These diagnoses will be passed to sequencing and we will know in the next few hours if there are positive cases of the variant,” he added. Regarding people who have just returned from South Africa, the spokesperson said that “we test them and see if they are positive for Covid. If they are, we do a screening. We do a screening. see if there is a suspicious mutation of the virus in the diagnosis “. “There has not yet been identification of this type of variant on the national territory, but it is very probably a question of hours”, had previously declared Mr. Véran after a visit in a Parisian vaccination center. “As soon as it circulates in Great Britain, Italy, Belgium, it is likely that there are already cases in circulation” on French territory, he added. Since it was detected in South Africa during the week, the new Omicron variant has been identified in Europe in the three countries mentioned by Olivier Véran as well as in Germany, Denmark and the Czech Republic. To detect the presence of Omicron in France, in addition to screening, “we carry out between 6,000 and 12,000 sequencing per week”, assured the Minister of Health. However, the emergence of the new variant should not lead to a further strengthening of the “short or medium term” sanitary restrictions. “At the time of writing, whether or not there are one or two or ten cases of people infected with this variant in circulation in Europe, or even in France, does not impact the profile of the epidemic wave that We know it. It is a wave which is already linked to a very contagious variant, the Delta variant “, argued the Minister. (Belga)

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