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Covid-19: there are now 12 cases of Omicron in France

The number of cases of infection with the Omicron variant detected in France now stands at twelve, according to the latest report updated Friday evening by the health authorities. “At 4 p.m., three new confirmed cases of infection with the Omicron variant were reported in France”, indicates on its site the agency Public Health France.

So far nine cases had been detected in France in the following territories: Réunion, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Ile-de-France, Pays de la Loire and Grand Est region.

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“As soon as the results of the RT-PCR tests of the patients were known, and even before the results of the sequencing were obtained, the patients isolated themselves at their homes and the measures for identifying and isolating contact persons at risk have been implemented “, according to the General Directorate of Health.

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After Reunion, the first three cases detected in metropolitan France had been announced on Thursday, in Ile-de-France, in Haut-Rhin and Vendée, each time among travelers returning from Africa.

Omicron was first spotted in November in Botswana and South Africa, which made the announcement on November 25. At this stage, it is present in around thirty countries on all continents.

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The new variant has sent a wave of panic blowing across the world, but it’s too early to say what impact it will have on the pandemic, experts agree. On paper, the unprecedented number of mutations it contains leads to fears that it is more transmissible and more resistant to vaccines.

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But this remains to be confirmed and it is not known whether he is able to replace Delta, currently responsible for a fifth wave of the epidemic in France, which is reflected in a clear deterioration of the indicators.

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On Friday, 49,858 cases were identified, an average daily over 7 days of 38,890, against less than 6,000 a month earlier. An increase which also affects the hospital. Some 11,103 Covid patients are currently hospitalized in France, including 2,058 in critical care services, against around 6,600 and 1,000 a month earlier.

A new Sanitary Defense Council will take place on Monday for “See if additional measures need to be taken”, announced Thursday the Prime Minister Jean Castex.

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