“There is a threat associated with the Delta variant. “ Government spokesman Gabriel Attal shared his concern this Wednesday, June 23 on BFMTV. “We now know that it is more contagious than the variant says “English”, He underlined. We see what is happening in the UK, where there has been a continuous rise in cases for several weeks […]. We can see that things can go very quickly, so we have to be very vigilant ”.
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Already Tuesday, the Ministry of Health warned about this variant which is “Becoming dominant in the world”. “It is present in 75 countries, is progressing in Europe and is clearly responsible for the epidemic rebound in the United Kingdom”, he noted.
Currently, the Delta variant, which arrived in France at the end of April, represents 6.7% of the cases detected in the country, according to data from the “Financial Times” shared on Twitter on Tuesday by Professor Philippe Juvin, head of emergency at the Pompidou hospital .
A figure on the rise since a week earlier, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran declared that this variant represented “2 to 4%” positive cases. “It may still be little, but it was the English situation a few weeks ago”, he added, recalling that the Delta variant “Represents more than 90% of cases in circulation” across the Channel.
Clusters all over France
Clusters have been identified all over France. After the one in the Bacalan district, in Bordeaux at the end of May and in the Landes at the beginning of June, a source of contamination was discovered in an Arts school in Strasbourg in mid-June or even in Évry-Courcouronnes in Essonne. Several cases were also found in Bourg-la-Reine (Hauts-de-Seine).
According to the Ile-de-France Regional Health Agency, the Delta variant today represents 10% of positive cases in the region, therefore above the national average.
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Should we fear an English scenario? 60% more contagious than the Alpha variant (“English”), it is ” very probable “ that it becomes majority in France, indicated the epidemiologist Dominique Costagliola on France Info, cmardi.
The challenge now is that it spreads “Low noise” thanks to vaccination, insists Bruno Lina, virologist and member of the scientific council questioned by “Obs”, because “Anyone vaccinated will be a brake on the spread of the virus”.