The Delta variant of Covid-19, formerly called Indian, is slowly continuing its progression in France, and in particular in the Landes.
This Saturday, the prefecture and the Regional Health Agency indicated that 29 additional cases of this strain had been identified in the department while the first two cases had been identified there Wednesday in a family.
The ARS specifies, however, that in these 31 proven cases, “about twenty others” is probable on the basis of an estimate.
Because "the positive cases for Covid-19 did not all give rise to the use of the sequencing method allowing to identify the variant" Delta, it is indicated in the press release of this Saturday.
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This fifty or so cases in total, proven or "estimated", can be "grouped within fifteen sources of contamination", especially family, explains the ARS, "subject to the results of investigations still underway to cross data and tracing the chains of contamination ”.
Call for caution and respect for barrier gestures
Well beyond the family identified at the start, the 31 proven cases concern 6 communities of communes, adds the ARS.
The health authorities had announced Wednesday that the Delta variant, still not very present in the territory, had been spotted in an outbreak in the agglomeration of Dax, without it having been linked to India or Great Britain. Brittany.
They had stepped up screening and sequencing operations.
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The government had also expressed concern about the increase in the prevalence of Covid-19 in part of the country, in particular in Occitanie and New Aquitaine, a region which includes the Landes.
According to the ARS, the "epidemiological situation is unfavorable" in the Landes, which displays an incidence rate of 95.6 per 100,000 inhabitants, "higher than the national rate" and increasing "by 35% in less than three weeks. ".
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If 43.6% of Landais received a first dose of vaccine, the prefecture and the ARS call on the population to "maintain barrier gestures" and explain that "the limitation of groups to 10 people on the public highway is still in force. ".