Well being authorities in France and Lebanon have confirmed their first circumstances of the coronavirus variant that prompted international journey restrictions and strict lockdown measures in the UK.

The French well being ministry mentioned a French man who arrived in France from the British capital, London, on December 19 had examined optimistic for the brand new variant on Friday.

He had no signs and was isolating in his residence within the central metropolis of Excursions.

Authorities have carried out contact-tracing for the well being professionals taking good care of the affected person, the ministry mentioned. Any of their contacts that have been seen as weak would equally be remoted, it mentioned.

Along with this primary case, a number of different optimistic samples that “could counsel the VOC 202012/01 variant are being sequenced” by the specialist laboratories of the nationwide Pasteur Institute, the assertion added.

In Lebanon, the nation’s caretaker well being minister mentioned on Friday {that a} case of the brand new variant was detected on a flight arriving from London.

The Center East Airways flight 202 arrived on December 21, Hamad Hassan mentioned, urging all passengers on the flight and their households to take precautionary measures.

Italian authorities have detected the brand new pressure in a affected person in Rome, whereas Japan reported 5 circumstances in passengers arriving from the UK. Singapore confirmed one case of the brand new variant, whereas the World Well being Group (WHO) reported that 9 circumstances have been detected in Denmark and one every within the Netherlands and Australia.

Greater than 50 nations have banned journey from the UK after British Prime Minister imposed a strict lockdown in London and warned that the brand new variant could possibly be as much as 70 % extra transmissible. The US on Thursday mentioned it can require all passengers arriving from the UK to current a adverse COVID-19 take a look at for entry, whereas China suspended all flights from Britain over the brand new pressure.

Different nations which have suspended journey for Britons embody France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Eire, Belgium, Canada, India, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, and Jordan.

Within the Gulf, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman closed their borders utterly.

Authorities in France, following a snap 48-hour journey ban this week, reopened its borders to the UK – partly to permit French residents to return residence, in addition to to alleviate the large build-up of freight items – however had instituted a testing coverage.

France’s inside ministry mentioned Thursday that limits on journey from the UK will proceed “till no less than January 6”.

For now, solely residents of France or the EU, these with residency rights there or enterprise travellers are allowed to make the crossing from the UK – if they will present a adverse COVID-19 take a look at lower than three days outdated.

British Well being Secretary Matt Hancock had mentioned on December 14 {that a} spike in COVID circumstances within the UK may need been linked to the brand new variant of the virus and that extra than 1,000 circumstances of the brand new variant had been recognized, primarily in southeastern England.

Earlier than Christmas, the well being minister had introduced the growth of strict lockdown measures throughout additional elements of the south of England to include the unfold of the illness.

With greater than 68,000 deaths from the virus, the UK is without doubt one of the hardest-hit nations in Europe.

International locations world wide have in current days closed their borders to each the UK and South Africa following the identification of circumstances of the brand new, fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus in these nations.

France, in the meantime, registered 20,262 new, confirmed COVID-19 circumstances and 159 extra associated deaths in hospitals within the final 24 hours.

France’s variety of confirmed COVID-19 circumstances now stands at 2,547,771 whereas its COVID-19 loss of life toll has reached 62,427 – the seventh-highest on this planet.

Lebanon, with an estimated inhabitants of 6 million individuals, has reported greater than 165,000 circumstances and 1,000 deaths because of COVID-19.



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