The country’s health ministry has said that France
has confirmed its first recorded case of the new coronavirus variant that was
first discovered in the UK.
The scenario is that of a French citizen living in
England who, on 19 December, left London for Tours, France.
new variant, dubbed VUI-202012/01, has worried experts and global leaders as it
is thought to be up to 70% more transmissible – meaning it can spread much
the variant was identified in southeast England, countries across the world
soon scrambled to close their borders to the UK and prevent it from reaching
imposed some of the strictest travel restrictions on UK travellers, preventing
hauliers from crossing the Channel in the run-up to Christmas and causing chaos
at the Port of Dover.
Tuesday evening, the UK and French governments reached an agreement allowing
rail, air and sea services to resume for French citizens or residents, or for
urgent reasons such as hauliers transporting goods.
are now allowed to cross the border if they have a negative coronavirus test.
the new variant case discovered by French health authorities entered France
before the travel ban was imposed.
Health Minister Olivier Veran stated earlier this week that it was ‘absolutely
possible’ that the new variant was already circulating in the region, despite
the fact that officials had not found any evidence at the time.
Denmark, Italy, Gibraltar, the Netherlands and Australia, cases of the latest
variant have also been confirmed.
it is suspected that it progresses more rapidly, so far there is no proof that
the new variant induces more serious illness or is capable of preventing