France, Lebanon verify first instances of recent coronavirus variant

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France, Lebanon verify first instances of recent coronavirus variant

Well being authorities in France and Lebanon have confirmed their first instances of the coronavirus variant that prompted international journey restrictions and strict lockdown measures in the UK.

The French well being ministry mentioned a French man who arrived in France from the British capital, London, on December 19 had examined optimistic for the brand new variant on Friday.

He had no signs and was isolating in his dwelling within the central metropolis of Excursions.

Authorities have carried out contact-tracing for the well being professionals taking good care of the affected person, the ministry mentioned. Any of their contacts that had been seen as weak would equally be remoted, it mentioned.

Along with this primary case, a number of different optimistic samples that “might counsel the VOC 202012/01 variant are being sequenced” by the specialist laboratories of the nationwide Pasteur Institute, the assertion added.

In Lebanon, the nation’s caretaker well being minister mentioned on Friday {that a} case of the brand new variant was detected on a flight arriving from London.

The Center East Airways flight 202 arrived on December 21, Hamad Hassan mentioned, urging all passengers on the flight and their households to take precautionary measures.

Italian authorities have detected the brand new pressure in a affected person in Rome, whereas Japan reported 5 instances in passengers arriving from the UK. Singapore confirmed one case of the brand new variant, whereas the World Well being Group (WHO) reported that 9 instances have been detected in Denmark and one every within the Netherlands and Australia.

Greater than 50 nations have banned journey from the UK after British Prime Minister imposed a strict lockdown in London and warned that the brand new variant may very well be as much as 70 % extra transmissible. The USA on Thursday mentioned it would require all passengers arriving from the UK to current a unfavorable COVID-19 check for entry, whereas China suspended all flights from Britain over the brand new pressure.

Different nations which have suspended journey for Britons embrace France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Eire, Belgium, Canada, India, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, and Jordan.

Within the Gulf, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman closed their borders fully.

Authorities in France, following a snap 48-hour journey ban this week, reopened its borders to the UK – partly to permit French residents to return dwelling, in addition to to alleviate the huge build-up of freight items – however had instituted a testing coverage.

France’s inside ministry mentioned Thursday that limits on journey from the UK will proceed “till at the least January 6”.

For now, solely residents of France or the EU, these with residency rights there or enterprise travellers are allowed to make the crossing from the UK – if they’ll present a unfavorable COVID-19 check lower than three days outdated.

British Well being Secretary Matt Hancock had mentioned on December 14 {that a} spike in COVID instances within the UK might need been linked to the brand new variant of the virus and that extra than 1,000 instances of the brand new variant had been recognized, primarily in southeastern England.

Earlier than Christmas, the well being minister had introduced the enlargement of strict lockdown measures throughout additional components of the south of England to include the unfold of the illness.

With greater than 68,000 deaths from the virus, the UK is among the hardest-hit nations in Europe.

International locations all over the world have in current days closed their borders to each the UK and South Africa following the identification of instances of the brand new, fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus in these nations.

France, in the meantime, registered 20,262 new, confirmed COVID-19 instances and 159 extra associated deaths in hospitals within the final 24 hours.

France’s variety of confirmed COVID-19 instances now stands at 2,547,771 whereas its COVID-19 loss of life toll has reached 62,427 – the seventh-highest on the planet.

Lebanon, with an estimated inhabitants of 6 million folks, has reported greater than 165,000 instances and 1,000 deaths because of COVID-19.