The first case was detected in Lot-et Garonne, in southwestern France. According to French newspaper L’Express, the patient is currently hospitalised in Bordeaux.
The two following cases were detected in the south east of the country – in the Marseille département of Bouches-du-Rhône.
Speaking to BFM TV, Benoît Elleboode, Director of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine regional health agency, said the first case in Lot-et-Garonne concerned a symptomatic woman who tested positive on April 9th.
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According to Véran, the two cases in Bouches-du-Rhône concern “two people returning from India without any link to one another.”
Both quarantined immediately after arrival into France, when one tested positive by mandatory antigen test at the airport on arrival, which was later confirmed by a PCR test.
As of April 22nd, France established new rules for arrivals from “high-risk” countries, which are the strictest imposed thus far.
The rules include a 10-day quarantine on arrivals from India, Brazil, South Africa, Chile and Argentina, and require an antigen test on arrival to France.
Other positive cases from people returning from India are currently being tested for the variant, which is believed to be more contagious than other strains of the virus.