Covid-19: a case of British variant contamination detected in Corsica

The Island of Beauty closely watched. A case of contamination with the British variant of the virus responsible for Covid-19 was detected in Corsica, on a person returning from London, said, Monday, January 4, the director of the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of the Isle. “The policy of tests on arrival in Corsica made it possible in particular to identify a traveler coming from London on whom the British variant was identified”, said Marie-Hélène Lecenne, during a press conference in the prefecture, in Ajaccio.

Asked if he was a British national, Marie-Helene Lecenne replied in the negative and specified that the person was isolated at his home. “We detected only one traveler and we deployed the usual isolation protocol and contact tracing procedure”, she added, telling AFP that no contact case had been identified on the island.

A first case of the variant identified in the United Kingdom in December had been confirmed in France on December 25, in Tours, on a Frenchman who had arrived from London a few days earlier. The British variant, called VOC 202012/01, was detected on December 30 in a second person who had also stayed in the United Kingdom, Public Health France said last week, without specifying in which region.

The presentation of a proof of negative test carried out in the 72 hours preceding the trip has been made compulsory for any person entering Corsica between December 19 and January 8: out of the 58,000 checks carried out since the implementation of this measure , “750 people were not able to justify a test and were therefore tested on arrival”, said the prefect of Corsica, Pascal Lelarge.

Only 39 people, who “tried to free the line”, were fined, welcomed the prefect, judging that this result “unexpected” was the sign of‘”a great success” for this measure justified by a significantly lower incidence rate of the virus on the island than on the mainland.

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