France has reported its first confirmed case of the brand new coronavirus variant which was first found within the UK, the nation’s well being ministry has stated.
The case is a French citizen who lives in England and had left London for Excursions, France, on 19 December.
He’s at present self-isolating at house and is alleged to be doing effective.
The new variant, dubbed VUI-202012/01, has frightened consultants and world leaders as it’s considered as much as 70% extra transmissible – which means it may possibly unfold a lot sooner.
After the variant was recognized in southeast England, nations internationally quickly scrambled to shut their borders to the UK and stop it from reaching their residents.
France imposed a number of the strictest journey restrictions on UK travellers, stopping hauliers from crossing the Channel within the run-up to Christmas and inflicting chaos on the Port of Dover.
On Tuesday night, the UK and French governments reached an agreement permitting rail, air and sea providers to renew for French residents or residents, or for pressing causes equivalent to hauliers transporting items.
They’re now allowed to cross the border if they’ve a unfavorable coronavirus take a look at.
Nonetheless, the brand new variant case found by French well being authorities entered France earlier than the journey ban was imposed.
Earlier this week, French well being minister Olivier Veran admitted it was “completely attainable” the brand new variant was already circulating within the nation, regardless of officers having discovered no proof on the time.
Instances of the brand new variant have additionally been confirmed in Denmark, Italy, Gibraltar, the Netherlands and Australia.
Though it’s believed to unfold sooner, there isn’t any proof thus far that the brand new variant causes extra critical sickness or is ready to evade vaccines.