France is investigating a new variant of coronavirus detected in Brittany

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France is investigating a new variant of coronavirus detected in Brittany


Scientists are investigating a new variant of the coronavirus which has been detected in Brittany in western France and which could escape testing more successfully than other versions, the regional health authority announced on Tuesday. the new variant were identified in a cluster in a Breton hospital. France’s health ministry said Monday evening that an early scan did not suggest the mutation was more contagious or deadly than earlier versions of the virus. Scientists also want to know if the variant can hide from testing after several of the patients delivered negative PCR tests and returned a positive result only from samples taken from the blood or deep in the respiratory system. Chain reaction tests are used to directly detect the presence of an antigen, rather than the presence of the body’s immune response, or antibodies. International agencies have been alerted to the discovery of the new variant. Brittany has so far avoided the weight of the third. wave of infections sweeping through France and other European countries, but the incidence rate is increasing.

The seven-day moving average of infections per 100,000 inhabitants in Brittany stood at 132.9 on March 12 against 113 a week earlier. The incidence rate in Paris and its surroundings, where intensive care services are close to saturation, is 404 per 100,000 inhabitants.

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