First case of recent COVID variant present in France as circumstances rise

© Reuters. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing centre in Le Bignon

PARIS (Reuters) – A Frenchman who recently arrived back in France from London has tested positive for the new variant of the coronavirus, the French Health Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

The ministry said that the case – the first in France – had been found in the city of Tours. The man in question arrived from London on Dec. 19, and he was currently self-isolating and felt alright, the ministry added.

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