France: 32 cases of Breton coronavirus variant B.1.616 reported

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On April 14, 32 cases of infection with the 20C / 655Y (B.1.616) variant were confirmed (29 in Brittany, three in other regions). All cases have a direct or indirect link with the enhanced surveillance zone by Brittany. The majority of the cases relies on the transmissions within the hospital clusters in the zone.

A few cases have been reported in connection with a chain of transmission in the community but, to date, there are significant dissemination of this variant in the population has not been documented, whether in Brittany or elsewhere. Epidemiological investigations are continuing to characterize the episode and monitor the spread of this variant.

French Health Department: COVID-19: epidemiological update of April 15, 2021  (PDF Download)


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** This post was originally published on April 18, 2021 **