Several new groups of new coronavirus infections have emerged in France as the country entered its third day of relaxed measures after eight weeks of foreclosure.
Recent cases have been reported in Dordogne, Vienne and Hauts-de-France.
The past few weeks have seen some relief as the COVID-19 epidemic appears to be subsiding across the country and the lockout precautions that were introduced on March 17 were relaxed on May 11.
However, officials have warned that vigilance must be maintained against the presence of the virus, which has so far killed 26,991 people in the country.
In an interview with France Info radio on Monday, Dr. Anne-Claude Cremieux said: “You have to consider that the virus is still there, waiting, in circulation”.
“We know that more than half of those infected have no symptoms, or very mild symptoms, so that the transmission of the virus is practically invisible,” said Crémieux, an infectious disease specialist.
Four new cases were reported in a youth hostel in Clamart, Hauts-de-Seine, a western suburb of Paris and part of the center of the Ile-de-France region.
After 50 of the contacts of one of them, a young man, were also tested, eight new cases were confirmed for a total of 12. The infected people will remain isolated, the other results of the tests are expected this week .
In Dordogne, in southwest France, a man tested positive in the town of Vergt after attending a funeral in the nearby village.
Out of 150 tests carried out by health officials on those who came into contact with him, nine people tested positive, including eight belonging to the same family.
As recently as May 7, a member of the board of a teacher from the city of Poitiers began to show symptoms of the virus. Three new cases were reported after tests were done on 20 of those who came into contact with him, resulting in three cases of COVID-19. More test results are expected over the next week.
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