France Detects Case of South African Coronavirus Variant
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- France detected its first case of the South African variant of coronavirus over a week ago, the health ministry reported
- The 501.V2 new variant was first identified by South African officials in mid-December, and is said to be more easily transmitted like the variant found in the UK
- The case in France was found in a man who had returned from South Africa to his home in the Haut-Rhin region
- Cases of the South African variant have also been found in Japan and the UK
- South Africa is the hardest-hit African nation by the coronavirus pandemic, with over one million confirmed infections and more than 26,000 COVID-19-related deaths