He had no symptoms and was isolating in his home in the central city of Tours. As the test result suggests the variant circulating in the United Kingdom , sequencing has been requested from the National Respiratory Infection Viruses Reference Center, which has so far confirmed infection with the VOC variant 202012/01.
The man in question arrived from London on December 19. The French Health Ministry said the case was found in the city of Tours, about 150 miles southwest of Paris , according to Reuters . With more than 68,000 fatalities from the virus, the United Kingdom is a person of the toughest hit nations in Europe. On Christmas Day, thousands of truck drivers were stuck in Kent waiting to cross the English Channel.
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 21: U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen holds a news conference to announce the results of the global resolution of criminal and civil investigations with an opioid manufacturer at the Justice Department on October 21, 2020 in Washington, DC.
The new variant in South Africa is the predominant one there, Mr Nkengasong said, as confirmed infections in the country approach a million. Announcing travel restrictions from South Africa on Wednesday, Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock had said that the variant there was highly concerning, because it is more transmissible and it appears to have mutated further than the similar strain in Britain.
The president of the French ports of Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer, Jean-Marc Puissesseau, said no matter what is in the Brexit trade deal, life for his port will become more hard because "there will no longer be free movement of merchandise".
Several thousand cargo trucks have been trapped for days around the southern English port of Dover since France closed borders with the United Kingdom in a bid to stop the spread of a new coronavirus strain. Around 170 military personnel, including from 36 Engineer Regiment and 1 Irish Guards, are assisting with testing. Food is being offloaded at Ashford International Railway Station and distributed by the Salvation Army.