La France a décidé mercredi de retarder la levée des restrictions COVID-19 dans une région du sud-ouest du pays, tandis que le principal conseiller scientifique du gouvernement a déclaré qu'une quatrième vague de virus était probablement due à l'émergence de la variante Delta. </p><div> <p>Les experts scientifiques et médicaux affirment que la variante COVID Delta, trouvée pour la première fois en Inde, est plus transmissible que les autres formes du virus, et la propagation rapide de la variante Delta dans le monde a conduit certains pays à réimposer des restrictions de voyage.
French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said the strong presence of the Delta variant in the Landes region of southwestern France meant that France would delay until July 6 an unwinding of the COVID restrictions put in place. place in this region.
French Health Minister Olivier Veran said earlier this week that the Delta variant now accounts for around 20% of COVID cases in France.
“We do not want to take the risk of restarting the epidemic. This means that the relaxation of restrictive measures which takes place today at the national level is postponed in the Landes until July 6 at least, ”said Attal.
“We have all the cards in hand to avoid a fourth wave of the epidemic,” Attal added, referring to how the virus could be kept at bay if more and more people were vaccinated against COVID.
Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, the main scientific adviser to the French government, said earlier that the spread of the Delta variant meant that France would likely have a fourth wave of COVID – although less severe than the previous three waves.
Delfraissy’s warning was echoed by epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet, who also expected a fourth wave of COVID by September or October.
French health authorities on Wednesday reported 2,457 new cases of COVID, the highest total in 11 days, and the seven-day moving average of new daily infections has now increased for the third day in a row, to 1,854.
That figure exceeded the 40,000 threshold 10 weeks ago.
France has recorded more than 111,000 deaths from COVID-19 – the ninth highest number of deaths from COVID in the world.