Covid-19: does the Indian variant spare France?


THE CHEKING PROCESS – A very first case has been detected in Lot-et-Garonne. Tuesday, Olivier Véran, the Minister of Solidarity and Health, assured that the mutant B.1.617 spared France.

THE QUESTION. A very first case of the Indian variant was detected in Lot-et-Garonne, announced the ARS of Nouvelle-Aquitaine on Thursday, April 29. Tuesday, the Minister of Solidarity and Health Olivier Véran affirmed, after a visit to the Regional Health Agency in Île-de-France, that“No case of Indian variant had been identified in metropolitan France”. Was this statement too optimistic? Or is it comparable to the declarations of the start of the Covid-19 crisis, at the start of 2020, where French experts assured that the epidemic was not to be feared in France as it began to be rife in Italy? Does the Indian variant spare France?

CHECKS. At least two other cases of the Indian variant have been spotted in France … but in an overseas department in Guadeloupe, according to official data published by France. As for the situation in the metropolis, the assertion of the Minister of Health seems a little reckless. She is true

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