The Indian variant, considered as “worrying” since May 12, as well as the British, South African or Brazilian variant, does circulate in France. According to the epidemiological update of June 3, 2021 from Santé Publique France, more than 100 cases of the Indian variant have been confirmed in France by sequencing.
This report, relayed by BFMTV, reveals that “54 episodes involving at least one case” of the Indian variant were reported as of June 3, eight more than the previous week. These episodes are mainly concentrated in Île-de-France adds Santé Publique France, which specifies that these cases are mostly linked to returns from trips abroad.
At the end of May, France had reinforced its borders, particularly in the face of travelers from the United Kingdom, where the Indian variant is particularly active. Of the 54 episodes counted, 40 are linked to trips to India, 5 in Switzerland specifies Public Health France. Partly linked to the explosion of the epidemic in India, the variant has been worrying for several weeks.
But its effects in terms of transmission and dangerousness are still very poorly understood because several sublines (mutations) circulate. The most worrying in France is the B.1.617.2 subline. He is present in 43 of the 54 episodes reported by Public Health France. According to the WHO, it is more transmissible and more resistant to vaccines.