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First case of new COVID variant found in France as cases rise

The French health ministry said a Frenchman who recently arrived back in France from London had tested positive for the new variant of the coronavirus.

December 26, 2020 / 01:06 PM IST
Source: Reuters

Source: Reuters

France recorded its first case of the new variant of coronavirus, as the number of cases and deaths from COVID-19 mounted in the country, increasing concerns of a new wave of the virus hitting the euro zone's second-biggest economy.

The French health ministry said a Frenchman who recently arrived back in France from London had tested positive for the new variant of the coronavirus.

The ministry said the case - the first in France - had been found in the city of Tours. The man in question arrived from London on December 19. He was currently self-isolating and felt alright, the ministry added.

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock had said on December 14 that a spike in COVID cases in the United Kingdom might have been linked to the new variant of the virus in the country.