France is seeing several new mutant strains of Covid-19 that appear to be more contagious but less dangerous than the original strain, according to one of the country’s leading infectious disease research hospitals.
The strains, identified by experts at the IHU Mediterranée Infection in Marseille, could help explain why a recent surge in cases reported in France, as well as elsewhere in Europe, has so far not led to an all-out increase. also strong in hospital admissions.
In testimony last week before the French Senate, Didier Raoult, the head of the hospital, said analysis of the summer’s Covid-19 tests revealed seven mutations in the virus. One appeared to have been brought into the city by people crossing from North Africa after ferry links were restored