New Coronavirus strain from London hits France, first case confirmed

On Friday, the concerns over a new wave of the virus increased in euro zone’s second-largest economy, as France confirmed its first case of the new COVID-19 variant, Strain.

A French citizen living in Britain has been infected with the new fast-spreading variant of the Coronavirus, originally from London.


According to the statement from the French health ministry, the first case in France had been found in the city of Tours. The man in question arrived from London on December 19. He is currently self-isolating at home and is feeling alright.

The health authorities have carried out contact-tracing for the health professionals taking care of the patient & any of their contacts that were seen as vulnerable would similarly be isolated

In addition to the first case, “to date, several positive samples that suggest the VOC 202012/01 variant are being sequenced” by the specialist laboratories of the national Pasteur Institute.

The Coronavirus cases linked to the new strain of virus have spiked in the United Kingdom and more than 1000 cases of the virus had been identified in Southeastern England.

On the other hand, due to the increasing number of cases of this fast-spreading variant of the virus, countries around the world have blocked their borders to both Britain and South Africa.

In the last 24 hours, 20,262 new Coronavirus cases and 159 related deaths were recorded in France. Till now France has recorded a total of 2,547,771 Coronavirus cases and 62,427 deaths.