Delta strain detected in France in two deceased COVID-19 patients

According to the regional health agency (ARS), experts in the French region of Occitania have confirmed two cases of infection with the delta variant in unvaccinated coronavirus victims, according to the regional health agency (ARS).

Earlier, the representative of the French Cabinet of Ministers Gabriel Attal said that in the country, 9-10% of cases of COVID infection are in the “delta” variant.”Among the first 9 suspected cases of infection with the ‘delta’ variant, detected in two weeks in (department – ed.) Gers, to date, 2 cases have been confirmed by genome sequencing: they relate to people aged 42 and 60, who died, despite treatment at the Osh hospital center. These people were not vaccinated despite the fact that their health condition was marked by risk factors, “the Occitania health agency said in a statement.

It is noted that the third person, a 69-year-old man, is now in intensive care. Specialists are tracing the contacts of possibly infected with the “delta” strain. Throughout the Gers department, an “urgent action plan” was put in place, and the authorities mobilized “all resources” to prevent a recurrence of the epidemic. In particular, the scale of testing for COVID-19, contact tracing is expanding, and residents are actively encouraged to get vaccinated.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus previously said that the COVID-19 delta variant is the most contagious among the identified strains of coronavirus and is spreading rapidly among the unvaccinated population.

Variant B.1.617 coronavirus was first identified in India in October 2020, and later three subspecies were discovered – B.1.617.1, B.1.617.2 (“delta”), and B.1.617.3 differing in several mutations in spike protein and prevalence in different countries. The delta strain has recently been found in many countries and, according to Indian doctors, could be the main cause of the second wave of coronavirus in India.