Cluster of “Indian” Delta variant found in Strasbourg, eastern France – –

Cluster of “Indian” Delta variant found in Strasbourg, eastern France – –

A cluster of the Delta (or “Indian”) variant of Covid-19 has been confirmed in Strasbourg, in eastern France, with four positive cases and 43 contacts under investigation.
The cases were confirmed at an art school, la Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin, in the Grand Est city.

Regional health agency The Regional Health Agency (ARS) of the Grand Est confirmed on Saturday June 12 that an “immediate action plan” had been put in place as soon as the cases were identified.

This included testing 143 people on Friday, June 11, as part of a “systematic targeted” plan to prevent the spread of the variant.

The authorities in Bas-Rhin have now closed the school.

The ARS is continuing its work to “contain any restart of the epidemic”, with additional vaccination plans put in place for Strasbourg.

More than 200 additional doses of vaccine and “dedicated meeting slots” will be made available to students and employees of bars and restaurants in town at the Sainte Barbe vaccination center.

Those eligible for the additional slots will be able to “skip the line” to register for the vaccination, the ARS said, with even more doses – 2,600 – scheduled for next weekend (Saturday 19 and June 20).

These will be at the Vaccinodrome at the Hôtel de la Collectivité Européenne d’Alsace.

The ARS also provides for a “strong mobilization of anti-Covid mediators” who will alert the populations of the epidemic, and give advice to avoid being infected. These agents will target “students and young people under 30”, especially in the student district of Krutenau, where the school is based.

The Delta variant is estimated to be up to 60% more contagious than the Alpha variant first discovered in Kent last December, said Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London.

It is particularly present in the UK, with the UK government saying between half and three quarters of newly confirmed Covid cases at the end of May were of the Delta strain.

However, in Bas-Rhin in France, the Covid-19 epidemic is still considered only at a “moderate level”, according to the ARS, with an incidence level of 65 per 100,000 people on the 11th. June – considerably lower than the highest alert. level of 200.

Nationally, the most recent data from Public health France shows that the Delta variant only represents 0.5% of the positive test results analyzed in France to date.

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