The Minister of Health gave an update on the situation of the Delta variant in France. “60% more contagious”, it risks triggering a “phenomenon quite similar to what we experienced last summer”.
While it only represented 5% of Covid-19 contaminations at the beginning of June, the Delta variant is on the way to becoming the majority in France, and this “probably this weekend“, Alerted the Minister of Health Olivier Véran on France Inter, this Friday, July 9 in the morning. In particular, its strong contagiousness: “The Delta variant is 60% more contagious than other viral strains. It is gradually replacing all other viruses“, Indicated the minister, who notes”a further increase in contamination in France».
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Is this the harbinger of an impending fourth wave? “The most important is the epidemic dynamic: each week, there are about 50% more contaminations than the previous one. This is what we have known at the start of the past waves», Recalls Olivier Véran. And to add: “A phenomenon is happening quite close to what we experienced last summer: the virus mainly affects young people, between 20 and 40 years old, who have few serious forms, but who are also less vaccinated.».