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France Confirms First Case of New Coronavirus Strain After Citizen Returns From UK

France has confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus variant that recently emerged in Britain. The French citizen, who had recently returned from the United Kingdom, has tested positive for the new strain of the coronavirus, the BFMTV broadcaster reported on late Friday, citing the national Health Ministry. The man is asymptomatic and is currently undergoing self-isolation at home, Indian TV reports.

Health authorities have carried out contact-tracing for the health professionals taking care of the patient, the ministry said in a statement. Any of their contacts that were seen as vulnerable would similarly be isolated, it said.

In addition to this first case, several other positive samples that "may suggest the VOC 202012/01 variant are being sequenced" by the specialist laboratories of the national Pasteur Institute, the statement added.


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