A variant of Omicron is likely to circulate in France – Minister of Health – .

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A variant of Omicron is likely to circulate in France – Minister of Health – .


PARIS, November 28 (Reuters) – The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is probably already circulating in France, its health minister said on Sunday, adding that the government was tightening restrictions to contain its spread.

Omicron is potentially more contagious than previous variants, although experts are not yet sure whether it will cause COVID-19 to be more or less severe compared to other strains.

“There is no identification yet, but it is a matter of hours,” Olivier Véran told reporters at a vaccination center in Paris.

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“Once the variant circulates in England, Italy, Belgium, it is likely that there are already cases circulating here. We will identify them and (…) we will slow down its propagation as much as possible. “

France is in the middle of a fifth wave of the virus. It recorded more than 37,000 positive cases on Saturday and a sharp increase in the number of patients in intensive care.

The Ministry of Health on Saturday recommended the isolation of any contact person at risk of a possible case or a confirmed case of the Omicron variant, even vaccinated, in documents sent to establishments and health professionals, reported the ‘France Media Agency.

These people should be considered “at high risk” and quarantined, according to the document.

Until now, contact cases of an infected person had to be isolated only when they were not fully vaccinated or when they had a weakened immune system.

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Reporting by John Irish, editing by Louise Heavens

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