Covid: what we know about the Indian variant, which leaps in the United Kingdom and worries in France



More transmissible than the British variant, it brought India to its knees in a matter of weeks. The so-called Indian variant of the coronavirus, classified as “worrying” by the World Health Organization (WHO), worries in Europe. Having become the majority in the United Kingdom – the most advanced country in the vaccination race in the region, and the first to deconfin – this version of Covid-19 raises fears of a new wave of the epidemic across the Channel.

Faced with this situation, France has already reacted. On Wednesday, the government announced mandatory isolation for all passengers arriving from the UK. Germany has done the same. As the Hexagon entered its second phase of deconfinement, the health authorities seized the Scientific Council on the need to anticipate and prepare as best as possible for the arrival of the Indian variant, already present on its territory. In a report published earlier this week, experts take stock with new data.

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