It was in October 2021 that the so-called “Congolese” variant, due to its origin, was detected in France. Its development is closely monitored by the health authorities. “Fifty cases” have since been identified in the territory, but the Ministry of Health specifies that “nothing indicates that this variant is particularly dangerous”, according to Le Parisien.
The impact of this variant scientifically named B.1.640 is still unknown. First found in the Republic of Congo at the end of September, the kinds of symptoms imposed on the infected have not yet been disclosed.
As far as WHO, (the World Health Organization) is concerned, it does not consider it a “variant of concern or of interest”. For the time being. It is “under evaluation”, indicates Public Health France.
“We are monitoring it thoroughly,” warns virologist Bruno Lina, in Lyon.
In October, a Nantes native, fresh back from the Congo, allegedly passed on the variant to a family during a party in Finistère. A few days later, in the same town, in Bannalec, twenty-four positive cases were identified, including 18 students in a primary school. Several classes are closing.
In eight patients, scientists then discovered an “abnormal” and “very particular” strain of the virus.
Previously, B.1.640 had already been spotted in the United Kingdom, Scotland, Switzerland and Italy, publishes Le Parisien.
“You may have heard of a Congolese variant. Eight cases were identified in the Republic of the Congo and a family cluster was discovered at the end of September in returnees. (…) I’m not saying this to worry, nothing indicates that this variant is particularly dangerous, but to emphasize that our ability to track variants is very strong. “Olivier Veran, French Health Minister
“It has a particular profile of mutations, it has been found in children and people vaccinated almost everywhere: in the Paca region, in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, in Aquitaine and in Île-de-France”, explains the professor.
Bruno Lina, who announces that “about fifty” cases have been detected in France. “It is spreading and circulating at the same time as the Delta,” he continues. We are the country that brings in the most. “