Covid-19: France is monitoring "very, very close" the new variant appeared in South Africa

Guest of RMC-BFMTV, the government spokesperson spoke about the appearance of a new variant in South Africa, B.1.1.529, whose “extremely high” number of mutations worries the health authorities .

Measures could be decided very quickly. Invited this Friday morning from RMC and BFMTV, Gabriel Attal evokes the appearance of a new variant of Covid-19, discovered in South Africa.

If we know “relatively little” for the moment of variant B.1.1.529, in the words of the government spokesperson, the health authorities are collecting “information at this very moment, there is has meetings being held “. “We have always taken measures when there were countries with a significant circulation of the virus and a variant which worries us, we have always taken protective measures”, says our guest, while Great Britain has announced Thursday evening that it would ban entry to travelers from several southern African countries.

“We are in the process of compiling the information at our disposal” insists the minister, affirming that “there are links with the World Health Organization (WHO) as such”. “In the next few days, if not the next few hours, we will see a little more clearly and we will obviously make decisions if necessary,” insists Gabriel Attal.

Progress on sequencing

If it is difficult to apprehend what could change the appearance of this new variant, which presents an “extremely high” number of mutations and a potential of “very fast” propagation, the voice of the government wishes to emphasize that France is now better equipped to face it than it was when the Alpha and Delta variants appeared.

“We have greatly developed our sequencing measures. Today, most contaminations and positive tests, we can sequence them to see which variant they correspond to” he relates. “We are watching it very, very closely,” concludes the government spokesperson.

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