NEW COVID-19 VARIANT DETECTED IN FRANCE: 8 PEOPLE HAVE DIED


18/03/2021




Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- 8 patients infected with the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) variant in the Bretagne region of France have died.

"These patients were hospitalized with a highly critical clinical condition," the French Regional Health Directorate said in a statement, adding that the deaths of the patients did not prove the variant was more lethal.

Initial research this week indicated that there were no indications that the variant in question, called "20C", was more contagious or lethal than Covid-19.

A total of 79 people were found to have Covid-19 at Lannion hospital, but 8 of them tested negative for PCR from the nose despite having all the symptoms.

Later, when serology and deep breathing samples were examined, the PCR tests of these patients were positive.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said last week that the mutated strain of Covid-19 originating in the UK accounted for 60% of cases in the country.


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