Indian mutant variant of COVID-19 detected in France

# 10:16
30 April 2021

France's southwestern region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine has registered the first case of the Indian mutant variant of COVID-19,  a regional health agency director said, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"We have determined that this is the Indian variant," the head of the regional health department, Benoit Elleboode said.

According to him, the patient has recently returned from India.

The double mutant strain, called B.1.617, was detected in India in March. Earlier in April, a number of countries, including Germany, Iran and Canada, announced temporary limitations on the passenger traffic with India after a new variant of the coronavirus with triple mutation — variant B.1.618 — had been discovered in the West Bengal state.