If no case of the new variant detected for the time being in France, the health authorities are preparing for it. The Ministry of Health has just decided to tighten the isolation of people with contact cases.
Anyone “in contact” with another, tested positive for the new variant of the coronavirus, Omicron, in France, will have to be isolated even if they are vaccinated, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday.
“Any person at risk of contact with a possible case or a confirmed case of the B1.1.529 variant, regardless of their vaccination status, should be considered as ‘high risk contact’ and should therefore be placed in quarantine”, according to the text sent to healthcare establishments and professionals and of which Agence France-Presse (AFP) has obtained a copy.
Currently in France, where no confirmed case of this variant has yet been announced, if a person is in contact with a person infected with the coronavirus, he must only isolate himself for seven days if he is not vaccinated or if her vaccination schedule is incomplete and / or she is immunocompromised, according to Health Insurance.
Several confirmed cases in Europe
Concern was growing in Europe on Saturday in the face of this new variant of the coronavirus, with the announcement on Friday of a confirmed case in Belgium, followed by two cases made public on Saturday in the United Kingdom.
In Germany a suspected case was identified in a person recently returned from South Africa while in the Netherlands 61 passengers who arrived on Friday on two flights from South Africa tested positive for Covid-19.
The number of Covid-19 cases listed in France continued to increase on Saturday with 37,218 new cases in 24 hours, a highest in seven months, and 1,563 patients in intensive care.