L452R mutation is present in more than 400 SARS-CoV-2 #coronavirus genomes isolated from over 20 countries (and a gorilla in San Diego Zoo too!)

Scientists have examined the Nextstrain and GISAID databases and found that the L452R mutation is present in more than 400 SARS-CoV-2 genomes isolated from over 20 countries....More...

France: full #coronavirus lockdown with school closures demanded by scientists and medics

194 new deaths and nearly 43,000 new cases reported today, Contamination and the number of patients in intensive care remain at high levels, confirming the arrival of a third epidemic wave announced by Olivier Véran....More...

France #coronavirus “Breton Variant” French Health Department statement

Variant de clade 20C ayant émergé en Bretagne

Un cluster d’infections par un variant de clade 20C (« variant 20C/H655Y »), a été détecté dans un hôpital des Côtes d’Armor, avec des cas survenus entre janvier et mars 2021.… ...More...

Breton variant: 13 cases of the new #coronavirus strain confirmed

Public Health France has indicated that the Breton variant is limited to “a town in Côtes-d’Armor and the distribution of the 20C/H655Y variant therefore seems to be currently limited to this geographical area”....More...

France #coronavirus Breton variant: “It worries us as it is more difficult to detect by nasopharyngeal swab and can therefore go unnoticed.”

Will the measures announced be enough to curb the epidemic in France? We are already close to 100% saturation in intensive care.… ...More...

New French #coronavirus variant may be invisible to PCR tests

French authorities are investigating a new coronavirus variant, derived from clade 20C, found in the western Brittany region that is more difficult for tests to detect, though for now it does not appear to be more dangerous or contagious.… ...More...