Five new cases of Indian variants were detected this weekend in Nord and Pas-de-Calais by Biopath laboratories, which perform almost half of the PCR tests in the region. The first two on Thursday at the Noyelles-Godault screening center and three others on Friday at Englos. This is not a specific cluster Hugues Leroy, the technical director of the Biopath group : even if we do not yet know the detailed profile of these people, “all five are not related to each other that’s for sure.”
These new cases lead to eight the number of people who have contracted this virus mutation in Nord and Pas-de-Calais. A first had been detected in early May, a man of Indian nationality who had returned from a stay in the country. Then last week, two more cases were found in the North.
The health situation is improving
Despite this concern related to this variant, the situation continues to improve in the region. The incidence rate in Hauts-de-France has fallen to 108 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, from 216 a month ago. In the hospital too, the pressure on the intensive care units continues to ease. 186 patients are currently being treated in intensive care, against 217 last week in the Nord department for example.