France confirms first case of new Covid-19 strain

Paris: France recorded its first case of the new Covid-19 variant on Friday. The new strain of the virus, which experts fear is more contagious, has prompted more than 50 countries to impose travel restrictions on the UK.
The French health ministry said the person was a French citizen in the central town of Tours who had arrived from London on 19 December.
The ministry said he was asymptomatic, and currently self-isolating at home.
The appearance of the new coronavirus variant in England triggered travel curbs with dozens of countries.
On Monday, France’s health minister Olivier Veran had admitted that it was possible the newly discovered strain was already in the country.
Italian authorities have detected the new strain in a patient in Rome, while the World Health Organization reported that nine cases have been detected in Denmark and one each in the Netherlands and Australia.
France closed its border but ended its ban on Wednesday, providing people tested negative before travelling. Thousands of lorry drivers spent Christmas Day in their cabs in Kent waiting to cross the English Channel.

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