COVID-19 Delta variant represents 9-10% of French new cases, govt spokesman

Russia added to the list of countries considered high-risk COVID-19 zones

  
Visitors wear protective face masks at Disneyland Paris as the theme park reopens its doors to the public in Marne-la-Vallee, near Paris, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, June 17, 2021.

Visitors wear protective face masks at Disneyland Paris as the theme park reopens its doors to the public in Marne-la-Vallee, near Paris, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, June 17, 2021.

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PARIS - The Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus first found in India - which experts deem more infectious than other variants - currently represents 9-10% of confirmed new COVID cases in France, said government spokesman Gabriel Attal on Wednesday.

Last week, French health minister Olivier Veran said the Delta variant represented 2-4% of cases in France. 

Attal also told reporters that Russia had been added to the list of countries considered by France as high-risk Covid zones, along with Namibia and Seychelles.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Writing by Matthieu Protard; Editing by Benoit Van Overstaeten) ((matthieu.protard@thomsonreuters.com; +33-1-49495381;))


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