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French Minister of Health: The detection rate of COVID-19 variants in France has increased significantly

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French Health Minister Olivier Veran speaks during a press conference on the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus on February 11, 2021 in Paris. (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)

February 18, French Health Minister Welland held a press conference, saying that the detection rate of COVID-19 variants in France has increased again, while the detection rate of variants in the United Kingdom was 36%, up from 20% to 25% last week; the detection rate of variants in Brazil and South Africa was 5%, which was basically the same last week.

In terms of the epidemic, Weilan believes that France is not in the “third” epidemic like other European countries, but has been in the “second” epidemic.

Therefore, the French government cannot “relax” the epidemic prevention policy, nor can it open restaurants, museums and other places. Meanwhile, the French government has decided to increase the isolation time of COVID-19 positive patients from 7 days to 10 days from next week.

According to the data of the French Public Health Agency, as of 14:00 local time, there were 22,501 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in France, bringing the cumulative number of confirmed cases to 3536648.

Within 24 hours, France reported 271 deaths and a cumulative death to 83,393. On the 15th, a total of 25,762 coronavirus patients were hospitalized, of whom 3,394 were in severe cases.

At present, France’s critically ill hospitalization rate is 66.9%. Recently, the overall epidemic situation in France has improved, but it is still in a high platform period.

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