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France reports three cases of COVID-19 variant first identified in India

30 April 2021 20:15

PARIS. KAZINFORM - France has detected its first three cases of a COVID-19 variant first identified in India, French Health Minister Olivier said on Friday, Xinhua reports.

The infectious strain was detected among people arriving from India, and who «have no link between them,» Veran told state-run France Info radio.

«The first three cases are not a surprise. They require an immediate intervention of the health services and that's what we are doing,» the minister said.

France has been placed under a third lockdown since the end of March after suffering a surge in COVID-19 deaths and infectious cases, due to the spread of more contagious virus strains.

On Thursday, 26,538 people tested positive for COVID-19 in France, bringing the cumulative total of infections to over 5.59 million.